A 61-year-old man charged with the murder of his elderly mother at his home in Clontarf in Dublin last month has been further remanded in custody in his absence after he was too unwell to face court.

Neasa Murray, 88, who lived at Kincora Drive, died following a fatal assault shortly before 8pm on Sunday 23 August after visiting the home of her son Brendan at nearby Kincora Court.

Neasa Murray had lived alone following the death of her husband in 2018.

Gardaí were alerted and paramedics rushed to the scene but Ms Murray was pronounced dead at the house.

Brendan Murray was arrested and charged with murder. He was remanded in custody following a district court appearance on 25 August last.

His case was back before Cloverhill District Court today but he could not attend and a sick note was furnished to the court.

He was further remanded in custody by Judge Victor Blake to appear on 9 October pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

At his first hearing, Mr Murray repeatedly blessed himself and muttered to himself. He also rocked back and forth as he sat in the dock.

Detective Sergeant David Ennis had told the district court that the accused was cautioned at Clontarf Garda Station and replied: "I admit it". His reply when he was charged was: "Guilty, she was vile, she was a pervert."

The district court does not have jurisdiction to consider a bail application in a murder cased which can only be done in the High Court.

Mr Murray's solicitor Michael French had said his client "suffers from serious mental health difficulties".

A psychiatric assessment was ordered.

Legal aid was granted after the court noted Mr Murray was on social welfare.