32-year-old man charged with murder of pensioner in Co Clare

32-year-old man charged with murder of pensioner in Co Clare

A 32-year-old man appeared in court on Saturday charged with the murder of Lisdoonvarna man, John O’Neill.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday night, Thomas Lorigan, of no fixed abode, appeared charged with the murder of Mr O’Neill, 78, at St Brendan’s Road, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, at an unknown time on the 6th or 7th of January.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution at Ennis Garda Station on Saturday evening, Detective Sergeant John Farmer of Kilrush Garda Station told the court that when cautioned and charged, Mr Lorigan said ‘no comment’.

Inspector Helen Costello told the court that the garda application was to remand Mr Lorigan in custody and that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed a trial on indictment.

Solicitor for Mr Lorigan, Shiofra Hassett asked that Mr Lorigan be psychiatrically assessed while on remand in prison.

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