Man charged with Aoife Phelan murder granted free legal aid


A man accused of the murder of Aoife Phelan (30) last month has been granted free legal aid after a court heard his haulage business is being wound up.

Robert Corbet (24), Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, is accused of murdering Ms Phelan at Capoley, Portlaoise, on October 25th. Her body was found on November 7th.

Two days later he was remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court. The Garda objected to free legal aid being granted on the grounds that Mr Corbet owned a haulage business.

He appeared yesterday at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Gráinne Malone, who was told the objection was being dropped.

Mr Corbet’s next hearing will take place at Cloverhill District Court on December 13th.