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Murder accused to undergo psychiatric testing before trial

Accused: Joseph Dolan
Accused: Joseph Dolan

By Michael Donnelly

A 28-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a Co Fermanagh shop worker.

Joseph Dolan, formerly of Cavan, is accused of killing Pauline Kilkenny (59) between November 13 and 16, 2018.

He is to undergo psychiatric examination before his trial, listed for December, a court heard yesterday.

Ms Kilkenny's sisters, nieces and brother-in-law were present for the hearing which took place in Dungannon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast.

As well as the murder charge, Dolan was arraigned on the charges of stealing Ms Kilkenny's car, and implicating his former girlfriend in the murder.

Defence QC James Gallagher told Mr Justice Colton the primary issue in the case was a psychiatric one and, as a result, it was expected Dolan's trial would last only two to three days. However, he added, that it may not be until September that Dolan, of no fixed abode, can be assessed.

An additional feature in the case heard by the court was Dolan's previous history of psychiatric hospital admissions, both here and in the Irish Republic.

No details surrounding the murder charge were given during the brief arraignment hearing.

However, at the time it was reported that Ms Kilkenny's body was found in her rural home where she lived alone.

She had been stabbed 30 times in the head, neck, back and torso.

Ms Kilkenny was also found to have suffered a number of serious head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

A previous hearing was told Ms Kilkenny's body was found by her sister, after the alarm was raised when she failed to return to work at a store in Enniskillen, after having booked a few days off.

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