A MURDER charge was brought yesterday against a 26-year-old man arising out of the investigation into the death of a young woman in Cork city last April.
The single count on which Adam O’Keeffe was charged stated that, “On the 29th/30th of April 2017, both dates inclusive, at 36 Sheares Street, Cork City, in the District Court area of Cork City, District No. 19, did murder one Amy McCarthy, contrary to Common Law.”
The late Ms McCarthy was a mother of an infant son and she was 22 years old when she died.
Detective Sergeant Shane Bergin testified that he formally arrested O’Keeffe in the precincts of the courthouse on Washington Street, yesterday morning at 9am. The detective gave O’Keeffe a copy of the charge and said he told the accused that he did not have to make any response to the charge, but that anything he might say would be written down and could be given in evidence. O’Keeffe made no reply.
O’Keeffe arrived in the dock at the centre of courtroom 1 at Cork District Court yesterday at 12.30.
He immediately bent almost double, looking at the floor and was hardly visible in the dock.
Members of the family of the deceased, Amy McCarthy, were present in court for the brief hearing. A number of them wept and were comforted by other family members.
Inspector Adrian Gamble said directions had been received from the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute the accused on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.
The DPP said that if the accused entered a plea of guilty he could be sent forward for sentence at the Central Criminal Court.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid. Mr Burke said a book of evidence would be required.
Judge Olann Kelleher said the accused man did not have the right to apply for bail at the District Court and that this could only be done at the High Court.
The judge remanded him in custody for one week until December 13 at Cork District Court. That will be for service of documents.
Mr Burke applied to have the accused remanded in custody to Wheatfield prison. Judge Kelleher said that would be a matter for the prison authorities.
The late Ms McCarthy was found in a second-floor room in a vacant office block on Sheares Street at the back of the Mercy University Hospital in Cork city by paramedics at around 7am on April 30 last.
The paramedics had been called after the emergency services were alerted by a man in the derelict office building after he tried to wake Ms McCarthy on April 30 but failed to rouse her.
Ms McCarthy was treated at the scene by paramedics but they were unable to resuscitate her and she was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor and gardaí were called.
Mourners at Ms McCarthy’s funeral Mass in April were told by her sister, Hayley that “if love could have saved Amy, she would have lived forever” as so many people were so fond of her.
Ms McCarthy said that her sister had a heart of gold and she told how incredibly proud and happy she was when she had her son baby, Adam, and the devotion and care that she showed toward him.
“One memory that we will always cherish is Adam’s first Christmas — Amy had all Adam’s toys and to see his face on Christmas morning was just incredible - she loved him so much,” she said.
“She always had a smile on her face after she had Adam and even though she isn’t here with us, there will always be a part of her that lives on in baby Adam and we will cherish him forever.”
Leading the mourners were Ms McCarthy’s parents, Brian O’Leary and Regina McCarthy and her sisters, Gillian, Jessica and Hayley as well many of her friends from Greenmount where she lived.