Woman remanded over 1988 death
A 59-year-old woman has appeared in court today charged with assault with intent to murder her former husband who died after he was attacked in his south Dublin home in 1988.
Father-of-two Christopher Payne was attacked at 82 Rutland Grove, Crumlin, on May 13th, 1988, by a group of men armed with a hatchet.
Mr Payne, who also suffered from a chronic kidney ailment, was treated in hospital for serious head injuries sustained in the assault but never recovered. He died six months later, aged 38.
Following her extradition from England, Philomena Coton appeared at Dublin District Court today.
Det Sgt Daniel Kelly of Sundrive Road Garda station told Judge Victor Blake that he arrested her on foot of a warrant at 9.10pm yesterday at Dublin airport. She was brought to Sundrive Road Garda station where she was charged.
She is accused of assault with intent to murder Christopher Payne, and causing grievous bodily harm, charges which she denies.
Dressed in black coat, black trousers and a green top, she remained seated and wept throughout the brief proceedings.
State solicitor Vincent Maloney told Judge Blake that the DPP has directed that Mrs Coton should be tried on indictment. He also said “it is a very old case” and it could take some time before the book of evidence is completed.
Det Sgt Kelly applied for a one-week remand in custody.
Defence solicitor Ann Brizzell asked for the State to explain why the District Court did not have jurisdiction to grant bail on the charges. The defence lawyer also told Judge Blake that a co-accused had been granted bail in the District Court previously.
Judge Blake remanded Mrs Coton, who did not address the court, in custody to appear again next Wednesday when the State is to set out its reasons why the District Court should not decide on the issue of bail.
Mrs Coton, who had been living in Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry, is the second person to face charges following a review of the investigation by the Garda Cold Case Unit.
In December 2011, Mrs Coton’s daughter Sharon Cullen (40), who now resides in Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan, had also been charged with assault with intent to murder Christopher Payne, and assaulting him causing grievous bodily harm.
She has brought a High Court challenge aimed at halting her trial and contends she cannot get a fair trial due to the delay in prosecuting her.
In 1989, two youths were jailed for their role in the attack.