Woman charged with son's murder


A mother charged with the murder of her only son at their home has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Diane Ward (42) of 33 Harrison’s Place, Charleville, Co Cork is accused of murdering her eight year old son, Anthony on September 3rd last.

The 42-year-old appeared via video link at Limerick District Court today where she spoke briefly to confirm her name and that she could see and hear proceedings in Cork.

The court heard that Ms Ward agreed to have the book of evidence in her case served on her solicitor, Paul Cagney by Superintendent Pat McCarthy of Mallow Garda station.

Supt McCarthy told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that he served the book to the solicitor in the court this morning.

The Superintendent said the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to Ms Ward being sent forward for trial to the the current sessions of the Central Criminal Court and applied for her to be remanded in continuing custody.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly issued the accused with a formal warning that if any part of her defence relates to alibi evidence she must provide details of this evidence to the state within 14 days.

Judge O’Kelly also granted an application by Mr Cagney to extend legal aid to include one senior counsel and one junior counsel.

At the end of the court proceedings Ms Ward said:“Thank you judge."