Quadruple murder accused is remanded in custody

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

THE mother of the young woman who died along with her two children in Newcastle West last year confronted the man accused of their murders in court this week

THE mother of the young woman who died along with her two children in Newcastle West last year confronted the man accused of their murders in court this week

John Geary, originally from Milford but with an address at 31, Meadowcourt, Newcastle West appeared before the local court on Tuesday charged with the murders of Sarah Hines, 25, her children Reece, 3, and Amy, five months, and Alicia Brough, 20, at a home at Hazelgrove, Newcastle West last November 15.

But as Mr Geary’s case was called, Abina Hines, the mother of the late Sarah Hines, stood before him and held a framed photograph up to his face.

Mr Geary, who was standing at the rear of the court as his case proceeded, was flanked by two Garda officers. He kept looking straight ahead.

The photograph, it is understood, was of Sarah and her two children.

Supt Joe Roe, Askeaton, addressing Judge Mary O’Halloran, said his application was to remand the accused in custody to appear before the court again on June 7.

He said state solicitor Aidan Judge was “involved full-time” in preparing the book of evidence in the case and he saidhe had been in touch with Mr Geary’s solicitor, John Herbert, and the remand was with consent.

Judge Mary O’Halloran remanded Mr Geary in custody to Cloverhill prison and to appear again before Newcastle West court on June 7.