Carndonagh deaths: psychiatric assessment to be carried out "as soon as possible"

Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy Image copyright Joe Boland
Image caption Jimmy Cuddihy was a retired school teacher who was originally from Kilkenny, and Kathleen Cuddihy was a retired nurse

A judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment to be carried out as soon as possible on a County Donegal man charged with the murders of his parents.

Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy, who were in their 70s, were found dead in their home just outside Carndonagh on Thursday 23 October.

Julian Cuddihy, 42, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Wednesday.

Mr Cuddihy was remanded in custody.

'Facilities'

In court, Julian Cuddihy's solicitor said that the psychological assessment of his client, which had been ordered at a previous sitting, had not yet taken place.

The judge asked what the reason for this was, and Mr Cuddihy's solicitor said it was because Castlerea prison does not have the facilities to carry out such an assessment.

A police officer said a doctor had contacted the prison, and described the psychological assessment as "a work in progress".

The judge again ordered that a psychiatric assessment be carried out on Mr Cuddihy. He said it was needed "as soon as possible" and pointed out that it had been requested last week.

The defendant did not speak during the brief hearing and was remanded in custody to appear in court in Harristown in County Roscommon on 7 November.

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