Malcolm McArthur beaten over the head with a handbag after his court appearance in Dublin.

During his three minute hearing at a Dublin District Court, Malcolm McArthur, the man charged with the murders of Nurse Bridie Gargan and Offaly farmer Donal Dunne, remained silent. He also faced an additional charge of possession of a firearm with the intent to rob.

Earlier, when Detective inspector Noel Conroy put the new charge to McArthur he replied,

I won't say anything.

The charge of having a firearm, namely a shotgun, refers to an attempted aggravated burglary at Killiney, County Dublin on 4 August 1982.

During the short hearing no mention was made of the two murder charges and no new evidence was given.

District Court, Justice Mary Kotsonouris agreed to a further remand in custody until 9 September.

Malcolm McArthur is led away from the Bridewell Garda Station with his jacket covering his head. He is met by an angry crowd and jostled roughly. He is attacked by a woman who manages to hit him on the head with a handbag. Other bystanders attempt to punch him.

The crowd jeered and shouted abuse as he bundled into a waiting car to be taken back to Mountjoy Prison.

As the car pulls away it is pursued by a photographers and television cameramen.

Malcolm McArthur was arrested in the Dalkey apartment of the Attorney General Patrick Connolly on 13 August 1982.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 August 1982. The reporter is Alan McCullough.