Massive crowds attend court hearing of Limerick quadruple murder
A 31 year-old man has appeared in court today charged with the murders of two women and two children in Newcastle West on Monday.
A massive crowd gathered outside the courthouse at lunchtime today as John Geary, 31, with an address at 31 Meadowcourt, Newcastle West, was brought into the court.
The native of Milford, Co Cork, he was charged yesterday at Henry Street garda station with the murder of Sarah Hines, 25; her children Reece, three, and Amy, five months, and 20-year-old Alicia Brough in a house in the Hazel Grove estate on Monday last.
Tight garda security was in place surrounding the brief hearing, but there were no jeers or abuse shouted from the dignified crowd outside.
Up to 50 gardai from the city and county were present, as a crowd of up to 300 people stood behind temporary barriers erected at the courthouse.
The accused, who is unemployed, was brought to court an hour before proceedings got underway and brought in via a back entrance.
Wearing a black hoodie and black tracksuit pants, he remained silent beore Judge Mary O'Halloran and kept his head low as the charges were read against him.
Four Newcastle West based gardai gave evidence of arresting and formally charging him with the four murders at Henry Street Garda Station last night. He made no reply to any of the charges.
His right arm was in a cast and a sling, as a result of injuries sustained earlier this week which required medical attention in Cork University Hospital.
Solicitor John Herbert, who was assigned, requested medical treatment for his client in custody.
Mr Geary has been remanded in custody, to appear before the court again next Friday, November 26, at 11am.
Gardai received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on Friday, indicating that he should be charged with the quadruple murder, which has shocked west Limerick and the country at large.
Members of the Hines family were present in court for the hearing, and a member of their company shouted "Scum" at the accused as he was brought in.
The funeral mass of Ms Brough is due to be held on Monday in St Peter'c Church in Rockchapel, Co Cork.
Funeral arrangements for Ms Hines and her two children are expected to be announced soon.
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