Man accused of Dublin granny murder appears in court via video-link

Kieran Greene being brought into court in Tallaght last week
Kieran Greene being brought into court in Tallaght last week

A 32-YEAR-OLD man accused of murdering Dublin grandmother Patricia O’Connor, whose remains were found scattered across the Wicklow mountains, has been further remanded in custody.

Kieran Green, with an address at Mountain View Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin, faced his second hearing when he appeared via video-link at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday. 

Dressed in a black T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, he spoke only to confirm his name and that he could see and hear the court, saying "I can yeah".

Detective Garda David Connolly told Judge Victor Blake that he needed to get formal directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Judge Blake remanded Mr Green in continuing custody to appear again at the same court via video-link on July 20 next.

He is charged with the murder of Patricia O'Connor. The killing allegedly took place at Mountain View Park between May 29 and May 30 last.

At his first court hearing, on June 15, Det Gda Connolly had said at 11.28 that morning, Mr Green was arrested at Bray Garda station. He replied “it was self-defence” to the charge after caution. 

He must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge and at his first hearing he had been remanded in custody to appear again today with an order for him to get medical attention. 

He was also granted legal aid after the district court was told he was on social welfare and has an adult and four children as dependants.

Ms O'Connor (61) was first reported missing on June 2 last.

Later, human remains were discovered scattered in a 30km area across the Wicklow mountains including a human head and arms in a plastic bag.