Bail granted to woman charged over husband's death 25 years ago
A woman charged in connection with the death of her former husband in Dublin 25 years ago has been granted bail.
Christopher Payne (38), a father of two, was attacked at his home, at Rutland Grove, Crumlin, on May 13th, 1988, by a group of men armed with a hatchet. Mr Payne, who suffered from a chronic kidney ailment, was treated in hospital for serious head injuries but he never recovered. He died six months later.
On January 11th, following her extradition from England, Philomena Coton (59) was remanded in custody after she was charged at Dublin District Court with assault with intent to murder Mr Payne and causing grievous bodily harm. She had replied "I'm innocent" after she was charged.
Ms Coton appeared again yesterday at Dublin District Court. She did not address the court and was ordered to appear again in four weeks, when she is to be served with the book of evidence.
Ms Coton, who had been living in Coventry, is the second person to face charges following a review by the Garda cold case unit.