Man in nanny case further remanded


A lorry driver accused of the murder of nanny Aoife Phelan in Co Laois in October last year has been further remanded in custody for another three weeks.

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois, had shook his head and said “no” when he was charged in November.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared again yesterday at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Gráinne Malone and was further remanded in custody until March 1st next.

He has been accused of murdering the 30-year-old nanny at Capoley, Portlaoise, on October 25th, the date of her disappearance.

Her body was found concealed in a bin buried in a pit on the outskirts of the Co Laois town on November 7th last.

He had been questioned by gardaí but after Ms Phelan’s body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road the next day, he was rearrested, charged and remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court.

An order was also made that Mr Corbet was to receive psychiatric treatment during his remand in prison.