A lorry driver accused of the murder of Aoife Phelan in Co Laois in October last year has been further remanded in custody for another three weeks.

Robert Corbet, 24, of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois shook his head and said "no" when he was charged in November.

He has been accused of murdering the 30-year-old nanny at Capoley, Portlaoise, on 25 October, the date of her disappearance.

Her body was found concealed in a bin buried in a pit on the outskirts of the Co Laois town on 7 November last.

Two days later Mr Corbet, who knew Ms Phelan, was remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court.

An order was also made that he was to receive psychiatric treatment during his remand in prison.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Grainne Malone and was further remanded in custody until 1 March.

He was first arrested on Monday 5 November in connection with the disappearance of Ms Phelan who was from Ballyroan in Co Laois.

He was released without charge shortly before midnight on Tuesday 6 November.

But after Ms Phelan's body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road the next day, he was re-arrested and charged.