A 26-year-old man has appeared before Limerick District Court charged with the murder of 11-year-old Brooklyn Colbert.

The body of the schoolboy was found in a house in the Ballynanty area of the city last Sunday evening.

Patrick Dillon, with an address at Dalgaish Park, Moyross, was remanded in custody to Limerick Prison to appear again in court on 12 November.

Mr Dillon, who is a relative of Brooklyn's, was brought before court from Henry Street Garda Station where he has been in custody all week.

It follows his arrest last Sunday in the vicinity of Shanabooley Road in Ballynanty.

Brooklyn's family members, including his father Wayne, were in court for the brief hearing.

There was a significant garda presence in the courtroom.

In his evidence, Detective Garda Eoin McDonagh told the court he charged Mr Dillon yesterday evening at Henry Street Garda Station.

The accused made no reply when charged.

Solicitor for Mr Dillon, Julianne Kiely, asked for an adjournment and requested that he receive "psychiatric treatment as soon as possible".

Judge Marian O'Leary remanded Mr Dillon is custody until next Tuesday and ordered that he be medically assessed.