A 29-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his partner, Jennifer Poole, in Dublin over the weekend.

Gavin Murphy, from Coultry Drive in Ballymun, is accused of the murder of Ms Poole, 24, at her home in Melville Drive in Finglas on Saturday afternoon.

Ms Poole, a mother-of-two children, died in hospital after the attack at her home.

Jennifer Poole

One of her children was in the apartment at the time, the other was with relatives.

Detective Sergeant Damien Mangan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He told the court that he arrested Mr Murphy at 11.17pm last night and that he made no reply when he was charged with murder just after midnight at Finglas Garda Station.

Mr Murphy made no application for bail.

Judge Gerard Jones pointed out that an application for bail in a murder case can only be made in the High Court.

His solicitor Michael Hennessy said Mr Murphy will have to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in custody due to Covid-19 before he can apply to the High Court for bail, but that he would be doing that.

Friends of Ms Poole and family members were in court today for the brief hearing.

The judge granted Mr Murphy free legal aid after he was told that he was not working.

He remanded him in custody to appear again by video link at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

The judge also directed he be provided with all appropriate medical attention in custody.

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