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Fatal stabbing Jury sworn in for trial of 54-year-old man accused of murdering wife in west Dublin

Alan Ward is charged with the murder of mother-of-three Catherine Ward (41) at their home in Clondalkin on March 1, 2019

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Alan Ward

Alan Ward

Alan Ward

A 54-year-old man will go on trial on Tuesday, accused of murdering his wife of 23 years in west Dublin nearly three years ago.

Alan Ward is charged with the murder of mother-of-three Catherine Ward (41) at their home on Greenfort Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on March 1, 2019.

Mr Ward also faces two other charges in relation to the same incident.

He is also accused of making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to Adam Ward, intending him to believe that it would be carried out.

He is further accused of attempting to stab Adam Ward on the same date.

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Tragedy: Cathy Ward

Tragedy: Cathy Ward

Tragedy: Cathy Ward

 

The accused stood up when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this afternoon and pleaded not guilty when each of the three counts were put to him.

Addressing the jury panel, Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Mr Ward and the deceased were a married couple and had been married for 23 years. They had three sons and lived at Greenfort Drive in Clondalkin.

They previously lived in Killinarden Heights in Tallaght, said the judge, and the accused man was employed in the waste disposal business in the past.

A jury of nine men and three women was sworn in to hear the trial, which is due to begin tomorrow before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and is expected to last two weeks.

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