Judge recommends moving woman accused of murder to Limerick prison

A judge has recommended that a Limerick woman accused of murdering a father-of-two, who was shot dead in west Dublin last month, is to be held at a prison closer to her family.

David Darcy, who was in his late 30s and had no known criminal links, was shot three times while he was sitting in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on the morning of November 28 last.

Mr Darcy, who worked as a driver for a local butcher and was originally from Claddagh Road in Ballyfermot, had been about to go to work when he was killed.

On Tuesday evening, Rose Lynch (aged 49) with an address at Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, made no reply when she was charged with Mr Darcy's murder.

She was then remanded in custody to Mountjoy Prison's women's section, the Dochas Centre, in Dublin.

She made her second appearance at Dublin District Court today where Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley told Judge Denis McLoughlin that he was seeking another one-month remand.

Dressed in a denim jacket and blue jeans, Ms Lynch, as she entered the courtroom, blew a kiss to family and friends sitting in the public gallery.

Her solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said he had no objection to Det Insp O'Malley's application. However, he asked for his client to be remanded to Limerick Prison instead. He also said that this request was subject to a video-link being made available in relation to “transportation issues”.

“She is a prisoner who would attract, in euphemistic language, 'special status',” Mr O’Higgins also said.

He asked the judge to note that all of the accused’s family lived in Limerick and there was a certain hardship on her being held on remand at Mountjoy's Dochas Centre.

Judge McLoughlin said he had no particular jurisdiction to direct what prison the accused was to be remanded to, but he said he could make the recommendation to the Prison Service.

She was remanded in custody to appear at Dublin District Court on January 20, proceedings which will be conducted with the use of a video-link if she is in then being held in custody Limerick.

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