Book of evidence being prepared in Doneraile case 

Book of evidence being prepared in Doneraile case 

A book of evidence is still being prepared in the case against the 62-year-old man accused of murdering pensioner, Mary O’Keeffe, whose body was found in a burning car in Doneraile last month.

A BOOK of evidence is still being prepared in the case against the 62-year-old man accused of murdering pensioner, Mary O’Keeffe, whose body was found in a burning car in Doneraile last month.

Michael Leonard of Hillcrest, Glenosheen, Kilmallock, County Limerick, appeared yesterday at Cork District Court by video link from prison.

His solicitor, Kevin Power, was present in court for the brief hearing.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the matter had been adjourned for preparation and service of a book of evidence. He said the book was not yet ready and he sought an extension of time to allow for this.

There was no defence objection to this application and Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned the case until April 16 for this purpose.

The accused man was not required to speak during the brief hearing and he was remanded in custody for the four-week period.

Michael Leonard will appear again by video link from prison on the next occasion.

Michael Leonard is accused of murder contrary to common law on February 4 of 72-year-old Mary O’Keeffe at Dromdeer East, Doneraile, County Cork.

Inspector Tony O’Sullivan originally charged Leonard with the murder and the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him under caution.

Medical assistance for Leonard in prison was directed following his first court appearance.

This assistance was to include psychological and physical assistance.

A psychiatric assessment is also to be carried out on Leonard at Cork Prison.

The late Ms O’Keeffe lived in Dromahane near Mallow and worked as a cook. She is survived by her three sons.

A post-mortem was carried out on her body at Cork University Hospital on Friday February 5. The results of the post-mortem, which was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Margaret Bolster, were not released.

The alarm was raised on Thursday afternoon of February 4 when a passer-by spotted a car on fire near the Coillte forest in Doneraile. Ms O’Keeffe was pronounced dead at the scene.

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