A 32-year-old Dublin man is to stand trial accused of the murder of Nadine Lott who died after she sustained serious injuries in her Co Wicklow home shortly before Christmas.

Mother-of-one Ms Lott died on 17 December in St Vincent's Hospital where she had been in a critical condition for the previous three days.

The beauty therapist had sustained serious injuries when found at her home in St Mary's Court, Arklow, at around 4am, on 14 December last.

On 16 December, her ex-partner Daniel Murtagh, of Melrose Grove, Clondalkin, appeared at Bray District Court accused of a serious assault of Ms Lott.

Mr Murtagh was remanded in custody and faced his third hearing at Cloverhill District Court, today when the case was upgraded to murder.

Detective Garda Darren Mulhall told Judge Victor Blake he charged the accused this morning. He was cautioned after which "he made no reply" and was then handed a true copy of the charge sheet.

Noting the new charge, Judge Blake asked if the Director of Public Prosecutions had issued formal directions. Det Mulhall said the directions were for trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court.

Det Mulhall also told the court the assault charge still stands. The DPP had also directed that Mr Murtagh could be sent forward on a signed plea of guilty, should that arise.

However, his solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said: "That will not apply."

The accused was further remanded in custody and consented to appear via video-link for his next hearing at the same court on 21 January. 

A book of evidence has to be prepared by the DPP

Mr O’Donovan asked Judge Blake to direct psychiatric and medical attention for his client in custody.

The judge agreed to make the recommendation if it was deemed appropriate. Legal aid was granted.