A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in her home in Kilkenny on Wednesday evening.

Anne Butler, who was 71, was found dead at a house on Maudlin Street in Kilkenny city at about 6pm on Wednesday after gardaí received a call which led them to the property.

Trevor Rowe, with an address at 4 Abbey Street in Kilkenny, was arrested later that evening and questioned throughout yesterday and this morning in connection with the death.

Detective Garda Martin Power told a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court this evening that he charged Trevor Rowe this afternoon with the murder of Anne Butler, alleged to have happened at 74 Maudlin Street, Kilkenny, last Friday, 20 April.

The accused made no reply to the charge.

Inspector Paul Donoghue applied for the accused to be remanded in custody and solicitor for the accused, Ed Hughes, said he was reserving his position on bail.

He handed a statement of means into the court and applied for legal aid, to include a senior counsel and junior counsel.

He also asked that Trevor Rowe be psychiatrically assessed while on remand at Cloverhill Prison, and be given whatever treatment he needs in terms of a methadone prescription he has and other prescriptions.

Mr Hughes also asked for the legal aid to be extended to include an independent pathology report, adding that while the body of the deceased could be released to her family, he was getting an independent pathologist to examine the State's pathology report.

Judge Geraldine Carthy said she was reserving the court's position regarding that matter.

She directed that Mr Rowe receive all medical assessment that is necessary.

She remanded the accused in custody, to appear at Cloverhill District Court via video link next Friday, 1 April.