Man accused of Cork murder appears by video link in court

Man accused of Cork murder appears by video link in court
Keith O'Hara

Video link was used yesterday for a court appearance by a man accused of murdering a 52-year-old in Cork city.

Keith O’Hara was one of a number of prisoners appearing by video link at Cork District Court yesterday.

O’Hara, 41, formerly of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, Cork, is charged that on February 24 he allegedly murdered Paul Jones, on September 4, 2019, at 108 Bandon Road, Cork.

O’Hara was only required to speak in order to establish that he could see and hear the court by the video link.

When the brief hearing concluded and the case was further adjourned, O'Hara said, “OK, thanks,” as he left the video room in the prison.

Michael Quinlan, solicitor, was present in court for the hearing yesterday and said it was before the court for service of a book of evidence.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the book of evidence was not yet ready to be served.

The sergeant asked for a two-week adjournment to allow time for the book of evidence to be prepared and served.

The case was adjourned until April 6.

O’Hara’s next appearance in court will be by video link unless the book of evidence is available to be served whereby it would be anticipated that he would be brought to Cork District Court in person by the Prison Service.

The sister of the late Paul Jones, Helen Jones, 52, of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, Cork, also faces the same charge of murdering Paul Jones but she was not required to appear in court yesterday.

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