Murder accused appears at Letterkenny District Court

Murder accused appears at Letterkenny District Court
An Inishowen man accused of the double murder of his parents has not yet received a psychiatric assessment since being brought into custody, Letterkenny District Court heard this morning.

An Inishowen man accused of the double murder of his parents has not yet received a psychiatric assessment since being brought into custody, Letterkenny District Court heard this morning.

Julian Cuddihy appeared this morning following his arrest last Thursday after the bodies of his parents, Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy, were discovered at their home at Churchtown, Carndonagh.

Last Friday evening, Julian Cuddihy, 42, appeared at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court where he was charged with their murders. Following his appearance, Judge Kevin Kilrane order a psychiatric assessment be carried out while he was on remand.

Today’s sitting heard from defence solicitor Ray Lannon that this has not yet been carried out.

Judge Paul Kelly asked why this had not happened and he was told Castlerea prison, where the accused is being held on remand, did not have the facilities to conduct the assessment and the solicitor sought a direction from the judge that one be conducted as soon as possible.

Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said there has been contact between the prison services and a doctor from the Central Mental Hospital and it was a “work in progress”.

Judge Kelly remanded the accused to appear at a special sitting of Harristown District Court on November 7th. He ordered the assessment be conducted as soon as possible and he said he noted the request had been made previously.