Murder accused further remanded
A man accused of the murder of his wife has been further remanded in custody with consent to bail. Jacqueline McDonagh (34), a mother of three, was found beaten to death in her Co Louth home in August.
A postmortem carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Michael Curtis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda found she died after sustaining multiple injuries to her body and blunt-force trauma.
Her husband, Michael McDonagh (33), College Manor, Dundalk, was arrested in Dublin on August 30th. The following day he was brought before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court and charged with the murder of his wife. Det Garda Joe Ryan had told that hearing that after he was cautioned Mr McDonagh replied: “I didn’t mean to kill her, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to kill anybody.”
He was then remanded in custody. However, he was granted bail terms in the High Court on September 24th. He appeared again yesterday at Cloverhill District Court but he has not yet taken up bail. The case was adjourned until November 30th.