Judge calls for action on derelict homes where gruesome murder took place

Judge calls for action on derelict homes where gruesome murder took place
Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of Frankie Dunne was discovered. Picture: Dan Linehan

A District Court Judge called for action on derelict houses in Boreenmanna Road today stating that a number of people were coming before the court charged with squatting in properties there.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said there were two particular properties being used by homeless people for the purpose of squatting.

Judge Olann Kelleher said that one of the derelict houses was the location for a recent murder investigation. 

That was the case where the dismembered remains of homeless man Frankie Dunne were found during the Christmas holiday period.

Another derelict house was at the centre of cases involving two different defendants today.

Jamal Khan, aged 36, with an address at Cork Simon Community was found on February 14 at a derelict house on Boreenmanna Road, Cork, which he had entered a building as a trespasser.

Part of the garden cleared during the search of Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road. Picture Dan Linehan
Part of the garden cleared during the search of Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road. Picture Dan Linehan

In another case today, Jolanta Koterba, aged 48, of no fixed address, also pleaded guilty to trespassing at the same house on the same date. 

Koterba, Khan and two other men went into the house on that date. 

A neighbour alerted gardaí who arrived at the scene. 

Sgt Davis said there was no difficulty caused by the defendants when gardaí arrived.

Judge Kelleher said, “It was at a house in this area where the alleged murder occurred. Something should be done about it. Some of the people going in (to derelict houses) were homeless people.” 

Joseph Cuddigan, defence solicitor, said of Koterba, “When asked to leave she caused no difficulties.” 

The solicitor said Koterba had cleaned up her act considerably in recent times. 

Judge Kelleher said he would impose a four-month suspended sentence in her case.

Khan was given a four-month jail term. 

In his case, he was pleading guilty to public order offences arising out of several incident, some of which occurred very recently, including one at Café Mexicano in Cork city and on Clonakilty Road in Bandon. 

Khan admitted being threatening and abusive to Garda Robin Jose as well as being drunk and a danger during that incident in Bandon.

Mr Cuddigan also represented Khan and said the defendant who is from Afghanistan had chronic alcoholism.

Judge Kelleher said in Khan’s case, “What concerns me is that he is now up to ten thefts, including two before the court today.”

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