An 18 year old man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner who died after he was assaulted at his home in Co Cavan last September.

Johnny Golden, aged 73, sustained serious injuries in the assault and died in hospital a few weeks later.

At Ballyconnell District Court in county Cavan this morning Brendan McGovern from Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim was charged with Mr Golden's murder.

A prosecuting garda said that when charged Brendan McGovern made no reply.

No application for bail was made and the accused was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison.

He is due to appear again at Virginia District Court on Friday. A number of Mr Golden's neighbours including Lady Sue Kilbracken were in court for the hearing.