Oldcastle man charged with murder of his wife in Mayo

Sunday, 16th June, 2019 6:47pm

Oldcastle man charged with murder of his wife in Mayo

Valerie Kilroy

The man charged with the murder of his wife in Castlebar in believed to be from Oldcastle, Co Meath originally.

Forty-six-year-old James Kilroy with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

The body of Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three, was discovered at the home she shared with the accused on Friday.

The accused showed no emotion during the five-minute hearing.

Det Sgt Michael Doherty, told the hearing he arrested the accused at 11.45am on Sunday and charged him with murder.

It's also understood that the three children of tragic Valerie French Kilroy were at home when their mother died on Friday.

A native of Midleton, Co. Cork, the deceased was found at an outhouse at the side of the property in Kilbree, between Westport and Castlebar.

It is understood her five-year-old boy and toddler twins were the house when she was killed.

According to The Irish Times, Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied to have Mr Kilroy remanded in custody to Harristown District Court on June 21st.

Solicitor Gary Mulchrone, for the accused, said there were serious concerns about Mr Kilroy’s mental health that had become apparent since his detention.

Mr Mulchrone said his client was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

Remanding the accused in custody, the judge recommended the medical attention sought by Mr Mulchrone as well as an independent psychiatric assessment.

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