Book of evidence served on man in Cork murder case

Book of evidence served on man in Cork murder case
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A BOOK of evidence was served yesterday on a 41-year-old man accused of murdering a 52-year-old man at his home in Cork city.

Keith O’Hara appeared in person at Cork District Court yesterday where the large book of evidence contained in three bulky folders was served on the accused.

O’Hara handed the files to his solicitor, Frank Buttimer, after a brief consultation in Courtroom 1 at the Anglesea Street courthouse in Cork.

Sergeant John Kelleher said following service of the book of evidence that the prosecution application was to have the case sent forward to the Central Criminal Court with the accused in custody.

Judge Olann Kelleher said that before sending the case forward he had to give O’Hara the alibi notice whereby the accused must give the state certain notice if he is relying on an alibi defence.

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

The second charge in the book of evidence alleges that on the same date at the same place he trespassed to commit an assault causing harm.

O’Hara is the second person sent forward to the Central Criminal Court accused of murdering Paul Jones.

The sister of the late Paul Jones, Helen Jones, aged 52, of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, also faces the same charge of murdering Paul Jones.

In addition she faces a second charge of aggravated burglary arising out of the investigation into her brother’s murder last September.

Helen Jones had her case sent forward to the Central Criminal Court one week ago.

It will now be a matter for that court to fix a date for hearing the case.

Because that will require the swearing of a jury and many witnesses it could be some months a trial is possible due to restrictions on court business as a result of Coronavirus.

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