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I WISH TO SAY SORRY.. SEND ME TO HELL; What accused said to judge.

Byline: ED CARTY

THIS is the man accused yesterday of murdering his mother during a frenzied knife attack in her home.

Seamus Marrinan, 29, was charged with stabbing mum-of-seven Carmel to death in the early hours of Tuesday.

The 61-year-old, who recently celebrated the birth of a grandchild, was found fatally injured on the stairs of her home in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

During an emotional court hearing the defendant's father, Seamus Snr, reassured his son and placed his hands on his shoulders.

TREATMENT

When he was asked if he had anything to say the accused told the court: "I wish to say sorry. Send me to hell."

His six brothers and sisters were visibly shaken as their brother was led from court for psychiatric treatment.

Marrinan was arrested shortly after his mother was discovered in her home in the Blackfort area of the town. When gardai arrived at the house just before 4am they found the victim on the floor in the hallway being treated by ambulance paramedics.

Mrs Marrinan was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Mayo General Hospital.

Judge Mary Devins yesterday ordered that the defendant receive immediate psychiatric treatment after a plea by solicitor Aidan Crowley.

Mr Crowley said the defendant is a suicide risk and requires 24-hour monitoring.

Sergeant James Carroll told the court that when charged the accused responded: "Guilty."

He was remanded in custody at Castlerea Prison to appear again in Castlebar District Court on Wednesday.

Mrs Marrinan was a well-respected nurse who cared for the elderly at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar. As news of her tragic death spread yesterday neighbours and friends paid tribute to Mrs Marrinan.

Her sudden death shocked locals who described the mother of seven as a friendly, warm and popular woman.

Castlebar mayor Michael Kilcoyne said the community was deeply shocked by what had happened and extended his deepest sympathy to the family.

THRILLED

Neighbour Bernie Downes told how Mrs Marrinan was filled with pride following the birth of her grandchild.

She said: "She was a lovely person, a very good neighbour. I would always go over to Carmel and talk to her.

"One of the last times she was over she brought her grandchild to show me.

"She was just so thrilled. It was her first grandchild."

Mrs Marrinan's funeral is to take place in Castlebar tomorrow.

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KILLED Carmel Marrinan REMANDED Seamus Marrinan at Castlebar Circuit Court yesterday
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