Man charged with murdering mother-of-two in house fire

Emma McCrory died after a blaze broke out in her house on the Howth Road in Clontarf last December 15th
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13.02 18 Mar 2023


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A man has been charged with the murder of Emma McCrory in Dublin late last year.

53-year-old George Turner - with an address at Fairview Avenue in Fairview - appeared in Dublin District Court on Saturday morning.

Ms McCrory, who was in her 40s, died after a blaze broke out in her house on Howth Road, Clontarf, shortly after 8.45pm on December 15th.

On Friday, Mr Turner was arrested following an investigation by the detective unit at Clontarf Garda station.

He was charged with the murder of Ms McCrory at her home on December 15th.

Emma McCrory Emma McCrory. Picture by: Facebook

He was then held pending his appearance before Judge Gerard Jones at Dublin District Court.

Dressed in a blue hooded top, jeans and brown shoes, he sat silently at the side of the courtroom during the brief hearing.

Detective Garda Cliff Singleton told Judge Jones the accused was arrested at 6.34pm at Clontarf station on Friday and charged just over an hour later.

β€œIn reply to the charge after caution, he had no reply,” Detective Garda Singleton said.

He applied for a remand in custody. The District Court cannot hear bail a application in a murder case which requires a High Court ruling.

β€œObviously, given the nature of the charge an application could not be made in this jurisdiction,” said defence solicitor Tony Collier.

'Mental health difficulties'

He said his client had a "history of mental health difficulties", and asked the court to recommend that Mr Turner receive a psychiatric assessment in custody.

Judge Jones remanded him in custody to appear via video-link at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

He asked if the accused qualified for legal aid, and the solicitor submitted that Mr Turner was a suitable candidate.

It was granted after the judge noted there was no Garda objection. He also directed that Mr Turner get appropriate medical attention and supervision while on remand in prison.

Main image: The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Picture by: George Munday / Alamy Stock Photo

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