A father facing charges of murdering his two sons was further remanded in custody after appearing in court today.
Sanjeev Chada, 43, from Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, arrived at Harristown District Court this morning after being taken the short distance from the adjoining Castlerea Prison, where he is on remand.
He has been on suicide watch at the request of his solicitor since being detained at the Co Roscommon prison over two months ago.
He faces charges of murdering his sons, ten-year-old Eoghan and five-year-old Ruairi, at Skehanagh, Ballintubber, Co Mayo on 29 July.
The charges followed the discovery of the bodies of the two boys in a car boot after the vehicle had crashed into a stone wall at Ballintubber, just a few kilometres from Westport.
Mr Chada stood before the court with his head bowed and did not speak during the brief hearing.
He has been in receipt of legal aid since the court was advised at an earlier hearing that he had no income.
Inspector Padraig Jones told Judge Geoffrey Browne that the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions had been received in the case and he applied to have the accused man remanded in custody to appear at Castlebar District Court on 6 November for service of the book of evidence in the case.
Judge Browne made the remand order after hearing that the application was with the consent of the defence.