Carndonagh murder case: Man charged with parents’ murder remanded in custody

Letterkenny District Court

Letterkenny District Court

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The 42-year-old man charged with the murder of his parents in Carndonagh last week has been remanded in custody until Friday, November 7.

Julian Cuddihy, Churchtown, Carndonagh appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this morning, Wednesday.

He has been charged with the murder of Kathleen Cuddihy and the murder of Jimmy Cuddihy, both of Churchtown, Carndonagh, on or around October 22nd.

Cuddihy was led into court in handcuffs, wearing the same clothes he appeared in at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court on Friday - a maroon-coloured top and black trousers.

Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan made an application to Judge Paul Kelly to remand Cuddihy in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on November 7th.

Defence solicitor Ray Lannon told Judge Kelly that Cuddihy has yet to undergo a requested psychiatric assessment in Castlerea Prison. Judge Kevin Kilraine made an order at Friday night’s court sitting that the assessment be undertaken as soon as was practicable.

Mr Lannon said he had spoken with authorities in Castlerea Prison yesterday, Tuesday, who told him the assessment had yet to take place. He said the prison did not have a psychiatric facility. Mr Lannon asked Judge Kelly to make a further recommendation that the assessment is undertaken immediately or as soon as possible.

Inspector Sheridan confirmed that Dr. Kennedy, of the Central Mental Hospital, had been in contact with Castlerea Prison.

She added it was a “work in progress.”

Judge Kelly directed the psychiatric assessment is carried out “as soon as possible” and noted it had been requested last week.

He remanded Cuddihy in custody to Harristown District Court on Friday, November 7.