00:00 Saturday 08 May 2010  Written by Court Reporter

Two women charged with 2007 Dunmanway murder

TWO women have been remanded in custody after they were charged with the murder of a New Age Traveller, whose body was found dumped in a slurry tank north of Dunmanway almost three years ago.

Amanda McNab (25) and Una Geaney (44), both with addresses at Mullinagleamig, Dingle, Co Kerry, were charged by gardai on Tuesday with the murder of Englishman, Garry Bull (37) at Shanlaragh, Dunmanway, on or about September 23rd, 2007.

Det Sgt Gerry Crowley of Bandon Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in respect of Scottish-born McNab and told the court that she replied "I have nothing to say" after the charge was put to her after caution.

Sgt Michael Lyons of Kinsale Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in respect of Geaney, a native of Fermoy in North Cork, and told the court that the accused made no reply when the charge was put to her after caution.

Insp Colin Collins of Clonakilty Garda Station applied for a remand in custody for both accused to appear again at Bandon District Court this Friday and Judge James McNulty granted the application and remanded both accused in custody.

Solicitor for McNab, Mr Richard Barrett applied for free legal aid on behalf of his client, who is not working, and he also asked that the judge instruct the prison authorities to ensure that she receives all appropriate medical attention as she has a medical condition.

Solicitor for Geaney, Mr Diarmuid O'Shea, said his client was on disability benefit and, similarly, applied for free legal aid and he also asked the judge to ensure that his client received appropriate medical attention while in custody, as she too had a medical condition.

Insp Collins told the court that both women had been seen by a doctor and provided with prescription medicines for their respective conditions after they had been arrested by gardai earlier that morning.

Judge McNulty granted both women free legal aid and he ordered the prison authorities to ensure that both women received appropriate medical care and attention and were provided with the necessary prescription medication while in custody.

This week's arrests followed lengthy investigation by gardai in West Cork into the murder of Mr Bull, whose body was found in a slurry pit at the farm at Shanlaragh, Dunmanway, on October 10th, 2007.

Gardai had to drain the slurry pit to remove Mr Bull's body and a post-mortem by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster revealed that he had died from severe head injuries consistent with being struck with some blunt instrument.

A native of Hertfordshire in the UK, Mr Bull had been living in a mobile home in the Kilmichael area of West Cork, between Dunmanway and Macroom, having come to live amongst the 200 or so New Age Traveller community in the nearby Coole Mountain area around 2004.

Two men and a woman have already prosecuted for withholding information from gardai investigating Mr Bull's murder and all three received suspended sentences when they pleaded guilty to the offence when they appeared at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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