Murder Investigation

  • A 46-year-old man appeared in court this afternoon (Sunday) charged with the murder of his wife.

    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.

    He has been in custody in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three.

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

    Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty, told today's hearing he arrested the accused at 11.45 this morning and at 12.45 he charged him with murder.

    In reply to the charge, after caution, Det Sgt Doherty outlined, the accused made no reply.

    Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown (Castlerea Prison) court on Friday next (June 21).

    Gary Mulchrone, 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 pyschiatric assessment in due course.

    Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr. Mulchrone.

    A small group of relatives, as well as Reverend Val Rogers, Westport based Church of Ireland Rector, were in court for the brief hearing.

    Rev Rogers spoke briefly to the accused before he was led away by detectives following the hearing.

    Kilroy stared forward impassively during the entire proceedings.

    He was dressed entirely in dark clothes which included a black hoodie type garment.

    The murder victim sustained fatal wounds in the attack.

    Her three children were in the house at the time but were unharmed.

    Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Ms. Kilroy, a popular HSE employee.

  • Gardaí in Sligo are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a 20-year-old man this afternoon in Sligo town.

    Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident at a house at Connolly Street, Sligo at approximately 1.30pm this afternoon. A 19-year-old man, who investigating Gardaí believe was the victim of an assault, was pronounced dead at the scene. The office of the state pathologist has been notified and a Garda technical team are currently at the scene.

    A 31-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with this investigation and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.

     

  • A murder investigation has been launched by Gardai following the death of a woman in Kilbree, Westport on Friday.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons. A man arrested in connection with the investigation remains in Garda custody.

    The woman’s body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport on Friday morning.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.