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Man accused of killing wife in Mayo arrested running naked through field

James Kilroy is driven away from court
James Kilroy is driven away from court
James Kilroy's wife Valerie French Kilroy

By Tom Shiel

A 46-year-old man has appeared in court in Mayo charged with the murder of his wife.

James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

He had been in custody in connection with the death of his wife Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three.

He was arrested after police received reports of a man running naked through a field.

Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty told yesterday's hearing he arrested the accused at 11.45am yesterday and at 12.45am charged him with murder. The accused did not reply to the charge, the officer added.

Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for Kilroy to be remanded in custody to appear at Harristown court on Friday.

Gary Mulchrone, solicitor, said there were serious concerns about his client's mental health.

He said his client was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

Remanding the accused in custody, Judge Lydon recommended the medical attention sought by Mr Mulchrone as well as an independent psychiatric assessment in due course.

Legal aid was also granted.

A small group of relatives, as well as Reverend Val Rogers, Westport-based Church of Ireland rector, were in court for the brief hearing. Rev Rogers spoke briefly to the accused before he was led away by detectives following the hearing.

Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Mrs Kilroy, a popular health service employee.

She described herself in a magazine piece as an occupational therapist in the mental health community services covering north Mayo.

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