A psychiatric evaluation has been sought for the man charged yesterday with the murder of his wife in Westport.

46-year-old James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court yesterday, charged with the murder of 41-year old, mother of three, Valerie French Kilroy.

Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown (Castlerea Prison) court on Friday next (June 21).

Gary Mulchrone, solicitor for James Kilroy, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of his client, concerns that had become apparent since his detention.

Mr. Mulchrone 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 pyschiatric assessment in due course.

Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr. Mulchrone.

The murder victim sustained fatal wounds in the attack.

Her three children were in the house at the time but were unharmed.

Her funeral arrangements are not yet available.