A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Cork charged in connection with the murder of his younger brother and the attempted murder of his father in a double stabbing.
John Murphy, of Seaview Avenue, Carrigaline, appeared before Cork District Court on Monday charged with the offences.
He was charged with the murder of 27-year-old Shane Murphy at the family home in Seaview Avenue in Carrigaline, Co Cork on March 26th last. He was also charged with the attempted murder of John Murphy Snr on the same occasion.
He also faces two charges of producing a knife in order to intimidate a person, namely John Murphy Snr and the late Shane Murphy.
Det Garda Ian Breen gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He said that Mr Murphy made no reply when the charges were put to him under caution at Gurranabraher Garda station in Cork city in the early hours of Monday morning.
Sgt Pat Lyons said that the State’s application was for a remand in custody for seven days. Mr Murphy, who was wearing dark pants and a top, will appear before the court again by video link on April 4th next.
No bail application can be made at district court level. A bail application may be made at a later date at High Court level. Defence solicitor Frank Buttimer asked that his client, who is a painter by trade, receive medical attention in custody.
Judge Olann Kelleher directed that John Murphy be granted the necessary medical attention whilst in prison. Free legal aid was granted in the case and Mr Murphy was remanded in custody until next week.
Mr Murphy was arrested on Sunday morning and detained at Gurranabraher Garda station where he was held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
John Murphy Snr underwent emergency surgery at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and is now in a stable condition.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a postmortem on the deceased at CUH. The results of the postmortem were not released.
Shane Murphy was found at his home in Seaview Avenue at around 3.30am on Sunday. His father, known locally as Weeshie, had presented at CUH with injuries.
Cork County Board Pitch and putt events were cancelled for the duration of the weekend as a mark of respect to the deceased, who was a champion pitch and putt player.