Man charged following death of woman in Kerry

Friday 29 November 2013 06.38
Susan Dunne was found dead at her home yesterday
Susan Dunne was found dead at her home yesterday

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in Co Kerry. 

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of Susan Dunne, whose remains were found yesterday at her home near Lixnaw in north Kerry, indicated that she died from injuries sustained in a violent attack.

The man will appear at  Killarney District Court at 10.30am tomorrow morning.

It is understood he faces a single charge of murder.

Gardaí are carrying out a technical examination at the cottage that Ms Dunne shared with her son Patrick.

Ms Dunne, who had three children, had moved to the area just over two years ago.

She previously lived in Co Kildare and was Chairwoman of the Kerry branch of Autism Ireland.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster conducted the post mortem at Kerry General Hospital in Tralee this morning.

The 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday and was questioned at Listowel Garda Station. 

The Kerry branch of Autism Ireland described Ms Dunne as a devoted mother who campaigned relentlessly to raise awareness about autism.

Ms Dunne's son Patrick has autism.

In a statement this evening Kerry Autism Action said she worked tirelessly to provide for him and to support her friends in the autism community.

The group described Ms Dunne as an invaluable source of guidance, support and encouragement to many special needs families, and said she touched the lives of many people by dedicating her life to helping others.