A 29-year-old man who has been in the Central Mental Hospital since being charged with murdering his mother nine years ago is now fit for trial, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Patrick Dunne, from Ballingeragh, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, is charged with the murder of his mother Susan Dunne at the family home on 27 November 2013.

In 2014, a court found that he was not fit to be tried after hearing evidence from a consultant psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Anthony Kearns told Mr Justice Paul McDermott at the Central Criminal Court that he has been treating Mr Dunne since early 2016.

He said he had written a report on 3 May this year in which he stated that Mr Dunne is now fit to be tried.

Dr Kearns asked the court to remand the accused to Cloverhill Prison, and said he has already arranged for him to be transferred immediately from there back to the CMH where he should remain for ongoing treatment ahead of his trial.

Mr Justice McDermott remanded the accused until 10 October when his trial is due to begin.