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Murder accused remanded in custody until next Friday


MURDER ACCUSED James Kilroy of Kilbree Lower, Westport, being driven away by detectives at Castlebar District Court on Sunday afternoon. The 46 year old was charged with the murder of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy (41), whose body was found at their home in Kilbree on Friday morning. Pic: Conor McKeown

46 year old charged with murdering his wife at house four miles outside of Westport

A 46-year-old man appeared in court on Sunday afternoon charged with the murder of his wife.
James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.
He has been in custody since Friday morning in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three. The hearing lasted a little over five minutes and the accused showed no emotion throughout.
Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty told the judge that he formally arrested the accused at 11.45am on Sunday morning and he charged him with murder at 12.45pm.
In reply to the charge, after caution, the accused made no reply.
Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied to remand the accused in custody to Harristown  District Court (adjacent to Castlerea Prison) on Friday next, June 21.
Mr Gary Mulchrone, defending solicitor, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of the accused, concerns 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, Judge Lydon recommended the medical attention sought by Mr Mulchrone as well as an independent psychiatric assessment in due course. Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr Mulchrone.
A small group of relatives were in court for the hearing. The accused stared forward impassively during the entire proceedings. He was dressed entirely in dark clothes which included a black hoodie.
A postmortem examination was completed on the victim on Saturday afternoon at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, by the Acting State Pathologist, Dr Linda Mulligan. Details of the results of the postmortem have not being released at this stage for operational reasons.
Ms French Kilroy was a native of Co Cork and worked as an Occupational Therapist with the HSE. She moved to Mayo ten years ago and she and her family had been living in Kilbree, four miles outside of Westport, for the last number of years.
Gardaí wish to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area between the hours of 12 midnight on Thursday, June 13 and 12 noon on Friday, June 14, who may have information, to contact the incident room at Castlebar Garda Station on 094 9038200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Ms Kilroy. She is survived by her children Oscar, Alex and Zak as well as her mother Valerie, brother David and sisters Suzette, Hilary and Veronica.