Man charged with 1994 murder of Margot Seery

Margot Seery's exhumation (Pic: Irish Independent)
Margot Seery's exhumation (Pic: Irish Independent)

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded charged with the murder of a woman who died in her home in Dublin in 1994.

Howard Kelly, with an address at Osprey Apartments, Naas, Co. Kildare had been arrested today at 9.10am in the Kimmage area of Dublin. He was then brought to Rathmines Garda station where he was charged with the murder of Margot Seery at Kenilworth Square Dublin 6, on the 8th October 1994.

Ms Seery was 49 at the time of her death.

Her body was exhumed from Rathkeale Cemetery on 16th September 2014 and taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination was performed by Dr. Michael Curtis.

Following the post mortem examination the remains were re-interred at Rathkeale cemetery. A man was subsequently questioned and a was then prepared for the DPP.

Today Mr Kelly, dressed in a black overcoat, red check shirt, blue jeans and runners, was brought before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court.

He sat silently as Det Garda Gabriel Duffy, of Rathmines station, gave details of the arrest. Det-Gda Duffy said that Mr Kelly made no reply when he was charged with the offence. He said the DPP has directed that the 41-year-old man was to face “trial on indictment”.

This means he will face trial at a later stage in the Central Criminal Court and a book of evidence has yet to be completed.

Due to the nature of the charge bail can only be granted in the High Court.

Judge Walsh remanded Mr Kelly in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

Defence solicitor Stephen Walsh asked the the judge to grant free legal aid and he said that a statement of his client's means was available.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid and noted from the defence solicitor that Mr Kelly "has mental health difficulties". The judge agreed to make a direction to the Cloverhill Prison Governor “to provide treatment to the accused, Mr Kelly, as deemed appropriate by the authorities and by medical consultants.”