Tramore murder accused appears before judge

The Kilkenny man charged with murdering a 25-year-old man at a party in Tramore last week appeared in court on Tuesday, where he told a judge that he hasn’t been receiving his medication in prison.

The Kilkenny man charged with murdering a 25-year-old man at a party in Tramore last week appeared in court on Tuesday, where he told a judge that he hasn’t been receiving his medication in prison.

Michael O’Dwyer (25) from Kilkenny City, died after being stabbed at the Seafield Holiday Homes in the Riverstown area of Tramore last Thursday night.

Mr O’ Dwyer, who was recently living in Stoneyford, crawled outside the apartment but bled heavily and then died at Waterford Regional Hospital shortly after 1am on Friday, despite frantic efforts by medics to save him.

Kilkenny man Tadhg Butler (32), who was previously known as Thomas O’ Grady and who was living at the Tramore apartment, was charged at a special sitting of the District Court in the city on Saturday. Mr Butler is known to Gardai.

He was remanded in custody to appear yesterday.

On foot of an application by Solicitor Kenneth Cunningham on Saturday, Judge Kevin Staunton ordered that the accused man be psychologically accessed and monitored in prison.

However, when asked by Judge Alan Mitchell at the court yesterday if he was receiving medical assistance in jail, Mr Butler said, “No, it’s okay.”

He added: “Judge, I’m on some hard tablets and I haven’t been receiving them.”

It emerged that the accused has a heart condition.

Judge Mitchell recommended that the accused receive a physical and medical assessment, along with treatment deemed appropriate.

Mr Cunningham said that he would inform the Governor of Cork Prison, while there was “an underlying issue that would be dealt with in due course”.

Mr Cunnngham told Judge Mitchell that he would be making a bail application at the High Court on Monday next. The accused was remanded in custody to appear at Waterford again on Tuesday next. This would mean that the accused would be released on bail next Tuesday, should he be successful in getting bailed at the High Court.

Mr Butler appeared yesterday to be wearing the same green top and black trousers that he was wearing at the court sitting on Saturday.