‘It was self-defence’: Man charged in Wicklow body case

Gardaí believe Patricia O’Connor (61) was killed in her Rathfarnham home

 Kieran Greene (32), of  Mountain View Park (hidden in grey hoodie),  being brought to Tallaght District Court this afternoon where he was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Kieran Greene (32), of Mountain View Park (hidden in grey hoodie), being brought to Tallaght District Court this afternoon where he was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

 

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor (61), whose dismembered remains were found scattered over a Wicklow roadside.

Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin appeared at Tallaght District Court on Thursday.

The court was told that when he was charged, Mr Greene replied: “It was self-defence.”

Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon, where he was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon, where he was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Number 66 Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.
Number 66 Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The accused was wearing a grey hoodie and navy tracksuit pants. Mr Greene looked at the floor for the majority of the short hearing.

Det Garda David Connolly said Mr Greene was arrested at Bray Garda station and was charged at 11.28am on Thursday by Garda Ross Callaghan.

Garda Connolly said Mr Greene was handed a copy of the charge sheet and he replied “It was self-defence” to the charge after caution.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Mr Greene in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Thursday, June 22nd.

Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Kieran Greene (32) of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham (in grey hoodie), being brought into Tallaght District Court this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The accused must apply to the High Court for bail due to the murder charge.

Gardaí believe Ms O’Connor, a grandmother, was killed in her home at Mountain View Park in Rathfarnham in Dublin almost two weeks ago.

A number of her body parts have been found in Co Wicklow, including her hands and head, which were discovered in a plastic bag.