SUICIDE WATCH FOR MAN CHARGED WITH SHOTGUN MURDER OF HIS BELFAST WIFE

Patricia Kierans who Gardai believe was blasted to death by her estranged husband Oliver (right). He has now been charged with his murder

Patricia Kierans who Gardai believe was blasted to death by her estranged husband Oliver (right). He has now been charged with her murder

A 56-year old man has appeared before Cavan District Court on Tuesday charged with the murder of his west Belfast-born wife.

Oliver Kierans, with an address at Drumbannon in Bailieborough, was charged with the murder of Patricia Kierans at Drumbannon, Bailieborough.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm.

The court heard he made no reply after being charged and cautioned on the murder offence.

Dressed in a green fleece top and blue checked shirt, he was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison to appear in court again on Friday.

Judge Sean McBride ordered he receive medical and psychiatric attention and placed him on suicide-watch while in custody.

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