Woman to appear in court in connection with death of man 25 years ago

Friday 11 January 2013 11.47
Christopher Payne was killed in 1988
Christopher Payne was killed in 1988

A 57-year-old woman is to appear in court in Dublin tomorrow charged in connection with the violent death of a man in Dublin 25 years ago.

Father of two Christopher Payne died in hospital six months after he was attacked at his home in Crumlin, Dublin in 1988 by a group of men armed with a hatchet.

Two men were jailed in 1989 for their role in the attack.

Another woman is currently before the courts in connection with the case.

Mr Payne was attacked at his home in Rutland Grove in May 1988.

The 52-year-old father of two, who suffered from a chronic kidney ailment, was treated in hospital for serious head injuries but never recovered and died six months later in November 1988.

The 57-year-old woman had been questioned at the time but was released without charge and moved abroad.

The Serious Crime Review Team, along with detectives from Sundrive Road, reviewed the investigation in recent years and the DPP directed the woman, who lives in Birmingham in the UK, be charged in connection with the attack.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued and gardaí escorted the woman back to Dublin tonight after she lost her appeal against extradition.

She has been charged with assault with intent to murder Mr Payne.

The woman is being detained at Sundrive Road Garda Station pending her appearance before Dublin District Court tomorrow morning.