Oliver Kierans appeared before a special sitting of Cavan District Court – where he was also charged with possession of a firearm.
The 56 year old made no response when charged. It was also recommended that Mr Kierans be placed on suicide watch.
Tensions were high outside the court as the victim’s siblings and children were there to see him face the charges. There were scuffles as Oliver Kierans was brought into court and a guard was knocked to the ground.
Detective Sergeant at Bailieborough Garda Station, Ann Marie Lardner, told the court that when arrested at 3.20am on Thomas Street in the town on the 6th of September, Mr Kierans was cautioned, to which he replied “I will admit, I’m sorry.”
He was officially charged with the murder of 54-year-old Patricia Kierans and with possession of a firearm at 4.09pm yesterday.
The court heard that when charged with murder Mr Kierans made no reply.
Patricia Kieran’s four children, four sisters, one brother and a niece were all present in court.
Legal aid was granted to Bailieborough Solicitor Joanne Kangley.
Judge Sean MacBride recommended that a physical and psychiatric evaluation be done immediately on the accused.
It was also recommended that Mr Kierans be placed on suicide watch.
The 56-year-old father of four has been remanded in custody at Castlerea to appear before Harristown court this Friday at 10.30am.