Man in court charged with Mayo murder

Monday 16 December 2013 21.53
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Ray Gralton did not speak during the two-minute hearing at Ballina District Court
Ray Gralton did not speak during the two-minute hearing at Ballina District Court
Sara Staunton's body was found in a house on Saturday
Sara Staunton's body was found in a house on Saturday

A 22-year-old man has been brought before a special sitting of Ballina District Court charged with the murder of Sara Staunton in Co Mayo.

Ray Gralton did not speak during the two-minute hearing before Judge Mary Devins.

Detective Sergeant Gary Walsh gave evidence that he arrested Mr Gralton at Castlebar Garda Station this afternoon and charged him with the murder.

Mr Gralton made no response when the charge was read to him.

The accused has an address at Mount Prospect, Roscommon, Co Roscommon.

He has been remanded in custody until a sitting of Harristown court on 20 December. 

The body of the 28-year-old mother-of-two was found in a house close to the village of Balla on Saturday afternoon.