Swinford murder

  • A 31-year-old man was remanded in custody this morning (Wednesday) when he appeared in court charged with the murder of 24-year-old Michael McDonagh at a housing estate in Swinford, Co. Mayo, on Monday night.

    Matusz Batiuk, with an address at 1 Carrabeg Estate, Swinford, appeared before Judge Fiona Lydon at Castlebar District Court charged with the murder of Mr. McDonagh.

    Garda Sinead Caheny gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

     She said that at 11.52 p.m. last night (November 17) she arrested the accused at Castlebar Garda Station and at 12.20 a.m. this morning she formally charged him.

     In reply to the charge, the accused replied ‘No comment’.

    The court was told that the State application was for a remand in custody to Harristown Court (Castlerea Prison) on Friday morning (November 20) at 10.30 a.m.

    Judge Lydon acceded to the request for a remand in custody.

    The accused was represented at today’s hearing by Ms. Cathy McDarby, solicitor.

    She requested appropriate psychiatric treatment for the accused while in custody and asked that he be placed in protective custody for his own safety while in prison.

    She also requested free legal aid.

    Judge Lydon agreed to the requests for psychiatric attention and free legal aid.

    She would leave the matter of protective custody to the Prison Governor.

    The accused, who was dressed in a blue, red and grey sweatshirt, did not speak during the brief hearing.

     He had the services of an interpreter throughout the proceedings.