Book of ev­i­dence served on man ac­cused of young Tralee mother’s mur­der

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

A BOOK of ev­i­dence has been served on the man ac­cused of mur­der­ing Tralee wo­man Ni­cola Collins in Cork city in March of this year.

In mid Au­gust Cathal O’Sul­li­van (44) of Popham’s Road, Far­ran­ree, Cork City was charged with the mur­der of Ni­cola Collins – a 38-year-old mother of three – at his flat on March 27, 2017.

Af­ter he was charged Cathal O’Sul­li­van – who is orig­i­nally from Chareleville in north

Cork – was re­manded in cus­tody pend­ing the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the book of ev­i­dence in the case.

Last week at Cork District Court Judge John King was told by Garda In­spec­tor Gary McPolin that the book of ev­i­dence has now been served on Cathal O’Sul­li­van.

Judge King sub­se­quently made on or­der to re­turn Mr O’Sul­li­van for trial. He was then re­manded in con­tin­u­ing cus­tody to ap­pear be­fore the cur­rent sit­tings of the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court in Dublin to fix a trial date.

It is ex­pected that the trial will take place at some time next year.

Cathal O’Sul­li­van – who was granted le­gal aid on foot of an ap­pli­ca­tion by his bar­ris­ter Peter Flynn – de­nies the charge against him.

At a pre­vi­ous sit­ting in Au­gust, Cork District Court heard that Cathal O’Sul­li­van had replied ‘not guilty’ when the charge was put to him af­ter cau­tion by De­tec­tive Sergeant Kieran O’Sul­li­van of May­field Garda Sta­tion.

The body of Ms Collins, a na­tive of St Bren­dans Park in Tralee but res­i­dent at Clash­duv Road in the Togher area of Cork, was found in an up­stairs flat at Popham’s Road, Far­ran­ree on Cork’s Northside at around 3am on March 27 last.

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

The emer­gency ser­vices had been alerted by a man who was liv­ing in the flat and they at­tended to Ms Collins but they were un­able to re­vive her and she was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Gar­dai up­graded their in­quiry to a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a post-mortem.

The late Ni­cola Collins.

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