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'Serious concern' for mental health of man charged with murdering his own mother

Murder victim Elzbieta Piotrowska
Murder victim Elzbieta Piotrowska
Tomasz Piotrowski

By Eimear Cotter

The 32-year-old son of a Polish woman living in Co Louth has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Tomasz Piotrowski said "no comment" after he was charged with killing Elzbieta Piotrowska, a married mother-of-two, the hearing was told.

His solicitor raised concerns about his mental health.

Judge John Cheatle remanded Piotrowski in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court in Dublin next Thursday.

The judge also ordered that the defendant receive the appropriate medical attention.

Piotrowski, with an address at Cherrybrook in Ardee, must apply to the High Court in Dublin for bail.

He is charged with the murder of Mrs Piotrowska (57) at her home at Clonmore Estate in Ardee, Co Louth, on Tuesday.

Her body was found by a neighbour in the hallway of her home at around 11am.

Yesterday morning Garda Sergeant Jim McCumiskey told Drogheda District Court that Piotrowski was charged at Drogheda Garda Station at 9.21pm on Wednesday evening.

Sergeant McCumiskey added that the accused was handed a copy of the charge sheet, and in reply after caution said he had "no comment."

Defence solicitor Paddy Goodwin said he had "serious concerns about his client's mental health".

The court heard that the defendant was unemployed and on benefits.

Judge Cheatle assigned Mr Goodwin on free legal aid.

Piotrowski did not address the court during the hearing.

The body of his mother was removed from her rented home to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out by Dr Michael Curtis.

Gardai appealed for any witnesses or anyone who can assist them in their investigation to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200.

They can also use the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or can contact any garda station.

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