A man appeared in court this afternoon charged with the murder of an elderly county Mayo neighbour at his home on Sunday evening.

Kevin McHale from Annagh, Castlebar, appeared before Judge Fiona Lydon at a sitting of Castlebar District Court.

He is charged with the murder of John Brogan (83); Pheasant Hill, Cloonkeen, Castlebar on Sunday last, March 

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given to the court by Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty.

Det Sgt Doherty gave evidence of arresting the accused at 11.12 am in Castlebar Garda Station today and charging him at 11.43 pm.

The accused made no reply to the charge after being cautioned.

Gary Mulchrone, solicitor, told the judge there was no application for bail in light of the seriousness of the charge.

Mr Mulchrone applied for legal aid stating the accused was dependent on social welfare.

Remanding the accused in custody until Friday, Judge Lydon said he should receive whatever medical attention deemed necessary.


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