Man charged with murder of Natalie McGuinness to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Oisin Conroy (Pic: Herald)
Oisin Conroy (Pic: Herald)

Oisin Conroy was charged with the murder of Natalie McGuinness at Sligo District Court this morning.

The 33-year-old from the Mews, Mail Coach Road in Co Sligo, was wearing a bandage on his head awhen he appeared in court, charged with killing the 23-year-old woman.

Counsel for the defence Keith O'Grady asked that his client be afforded "urgent medical attention", and stated that he had previously received this while in garda custody.

Mr O'Grady also asked that his client receive a psychiatric evaluation which should be "done on a matter of urgency", and also requested that he be committed to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Co Dublin.

Judge Kilrane inquired if the defendant was a suicide risk, to which Inspector Kilcyone replied "his wounds were self-inflicted", that he "had hurt himself with a weapon" and that Oisin Conroy was "a threat to himself".

The defendant was subsequently remanded on the order that he receive a psychiatric evaluation while in custody and that he be placed on suicide watch.

Earlier Inspector Paul Kilcoyne asked that Oisin Conroy be remanded in Castlerea prison and to appear before a sitting of Harristown court tomorrow morning.

However, Mr Keith O'Grady informed Judge Kilrane that there was no sitting at Harristown court tomorrow, and asked that the defendant to appear before Sligo court next Thursday.