Man on trial in Cork charged with mur­der of Ni­cola

Charleville man de­nies mur­der­ing the Tralee mum-of-three

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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