Man pleads not guilty to mur­der of Ni­cola

CATHAL O’SUL­LI­VAN HAS PLEADED NOT GULTY; TRIAL TO START TO­DAY

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A MAN has de­nied the mur­der of mother-of-three Ni­cola Collins (38) who was found with fa­tal in­juries in a Cork flat last year.

Charleville-na­tive Cathal O’Sul­li­van (44) was ar­raigned be­fore the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court, in Cork, this week and for­mally pleaded not guilty.

How­ever, the jury sworn in to hear the trial, on Wed­nes­day, was later dis­charged for le­gal rea­sons by Ms Jus­tice Cree­don. A new jury will be sworn in to­day (Thurs­day) when the trial is sched­uled to for­mally open.

The court was told the mur­der trial is ex­pected to re­quire two weeks at hear­ing. Tom Creed SC, for the State, told Ms Jus­tice Cree­don that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of wit­nesses were in­volved in the case.

The body of Ms Collins was found in an up­stairs flat at Popham’s Road, Far­ran­ree on Cork’s north­side last year. Ms Collins was found with se­ri­ous in­juries when the emer­gency ser­vices were called to the flat which was lo­cated di­rectly over a lo­cal gro­cery store.

Paramedics were un­able to re­vive her and she was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A MAN has de­nied the mur­der of mother of three Ni­cola Collins (38) who was found with fa­tal in­juries in a Cork flat last year.

Charleville-na­tive Cathal O’Sul­li­van (44) was ar­raigned be­fore the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court, sit­ting in Cork, and for­mally pleaded not guilty to the mur­der of Ms Collins.

The young mother, who was orig­i­nally from Kerry, was dis­cov­ered un­re­spon­sive in a flat at 6A Popham’s Road, Far­ran­ree, Cork in the early hours of March 27 2017.

Ms Collins was pro­nounced dead at the scene be­fore she could be trans­ferred to Cork Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal (CUH).

O’Sul­li­van, who is orig­i­nally from Charleville in north Cork, was charged with Ms Collins mur­der be­fore Cork Dis­trict Court in Au­gust 2017.

In re­sponse to the mur­der charge yes­ter­day ( Wed­nes­day) he told Ms Jus­tice Eileen Cree­don and the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court jury of eight men and four women he was “not guilty”.

The de­fen­dant ap­peared in court wear­ing a dark pin-stripe suit, white shirt and grey tie.

The Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court jury was told the mur­der trial is ex­pected to re­quire two weeks at hear­ing.

Tom Creed SC, for the State, told Ms Jus­tice Cree­don that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of wit­nesses were in­volved in the case.

The court was told Mr Creed and Ray Boland BL were dis­cussing the wit­ness sched­ule to fa­cil­i­tate the trial with de­fence coun­sel Col­man Cody SC and Peter Flynn BL.

How­ever, the jury sworn in to hear the trial was later dis­charged for le­gal rea­sons by Ms Jus­tice Cree­don.

A new jury will be sworn in to­day (Thurs­day) when the trial is sched­uled to for­mally open.

The de­fen­dant did not speak in court yes­ter­day be­yond con­firm­ing his not guilty plea.

The body of Ms Collins, a na­tive of St Bren­dans Park in Tralee, Co Kerry but who had been liv­ing at Clash­duv Road in the Togher area of Cork over re­cent years, was found in an up­stairs flat at Popham’s Road, Far­ran­ree on Cork’s north­side last year. The dis­cov­ery was made at around 3am on March 27 af­ter the alarm had been raised by a lo­cal res­i­dent.

Ms Collins was found with se­ri­ous in­juries when the emer­gency ser­vices were called to the flat which was lo­cated di­rectly over a lo­cal gro­cery store.

Paramedics were un­able to re­vive her and she was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The Garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion was up­graded to a mur­der probe fol­low­ing a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion at Cork Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal (CUH) by As­sis­tant State Pathol­o­gist Dr Mar­garet Bol­ster.

Ni­cola Collins was dis­cov­ered un­re­spon­sive in a flat at Far­ran­ree, Cork in the early hours of March 27 2017.

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