Man on trial in Cork charged with murder of Nicola
Charleville man denies murdering the Tralee mum-of-three
THE trial of the man charged with the murder of Tralee woman Nicola Collins has begun in Cork.
Last 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 in Farranree on March 27, 2017. He denies the charge.
The murder trial opened on Wednesday morning before the Central Criminal Court, sitting in Cork, as Mr O’Sullivan formally pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Collins.
The young mother was discovered unresponsive in a Farranree flat in 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).
Mr 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, he told Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and the 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.
The body of Ms Collins, a native of St Brendan’s Park in Tralee 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 late Nicola Collins