Carndonagh couple’s murder- son charged

Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy.
Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy.

A 42-year-old Carndonagh man has been charged with the murder of both his parents at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court.

Julian Cuddihy, Churchtown, was led into court shortly after 9pm accompanied by seven Gardai.

Wearing a maroon-coloured hooded top and black trousers, he sat at the back of the court, staring ahead.

Before proceedings began, he also spoke briefly with his solicitor Mr Ray Lannon, representing Michael D White Solicitors, Carndonagh.

Cuddihy has been charged with the murder of Kathleen Cuddihy and also of Jimmy Cuddihy, both from Churchtown, on or about October 22nd.

Detective Garda Bernard Mullins, Buncrana Garda Station, told the court he arrested Cuddihy at 5pm on Thursday and at 5.50pm formally charged him with the murder of Mr.Cuddihy (77).

He replied: “I have no response.”

At 5.51pm, he was charged with the murder of Mrs.Cuddihy (73.)

The court was told he replied; “I am not signing that.”

Garda Inspector Denis Joyce told Judge Kevin Kilraine the State was applying to remand Cuddihy in custody to a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this Wednesday, October 29th.

Solicitor Lannon made an application that Cuddihy be pyschiatrically assessed while in custody in Castlerea prison.

He submitted a letter from Dr Frank Fogarty, of Buncrana and Clonmany, who made a formal assessment of the defendant on Thursday.

He said his application was supported by Gardai.

Mr Lannon said there had been contact with medical services on October 15th but it “ceased at that.”

Judge Kilraine directed that Cuddihy be psychiatrically assessed in Castlerea prison and remanded him in custody to a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this Wednesday at 10.30am.

He also granted Mr Lannon’s application for legal aid for Mr Philip White Solicitor.