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Choose offers State two weeks to finalise e book of proof in Sliabh Liag homicide

A Choose has given the State two weeks to finalise a e book of proof in opposition to two individuals charged with the homicide of a person whose physique was discovered within the water off Sliabh Liag.

Alan Vial and Nikita Burns have been charged with murdering Robert Wilkin they usually appeared individually by video hyperlink at Monday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court docket.

Burns appeared through video hyperlink from the Dóchas Centre at Mountjoy Jail whereas Vial appeared through video hyperlink from Castlerea Jail.

Sergeant Jim Collins informed the courtroom that the matter ‘is superior’ however sought what he known as ‘on closing’ adjournment to have the e book of proof prepared.

Burns’ solicitor, Mr Rory O’Brien, mentioned the matter has turn into ‘extraordinarily protracted’ and identified that Burns has been in custody for over two and a half months now, whereas her co-accused has been held in custody for an extended time frame.

“To be at 4 month and the e book of proof not prepared is inexcusable and it’s an unacceptable time frame,” Mr O’Brien mentioned.

Mr O’Brien mentioned if the e book was not accessible for service on the following date then he would search for the case to be marked peremptory in opposition to the State.

Mr Patsy Gallagher, representing Vial, mentioned he didn’t wish to ‘go over outdated floor’, however agreed with the feedback made by Mr O’Brien.

Vial and Burns had been remanded in custody till November 20 for the service of a e book of proof.

Choose Éiteáin Cunningham mentioned: “I’ve heard proof in regards to the course of and the complexities when it comes to the preparation of the e book and we are actually at a important stage. I’m going to notice that it has been indicated that there could also be an software on the following event.”

Choose Cunningham mentioned she could be ‘amendable to an software’ in two weeks’ time.

A earlier sitting of the courtroom heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that the case proceed by the use of trial on indictment on the Central Prison Court docket.

Vial and Burns are charged that on June 25, 2023, at a spot unknown inside the State, they did homicide one Robert Wilkin (often known as Robin Wilkin).

The physique of Mr Wilkin, aged in his 60s and initially from County Tyrone, was discovered floating in waters off Sliabh Liag on July 3.

Over 200 statements have been taken within the case with detectives piecing collectively a posh jigsaw of proof having gathered ‘effectively in extra’ of 200 displays. Sixteen interviews had been performed with the accused whereas six crime scenes had been designated. Different scenes of curiosity had been additionally examined by Gardai.

Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien informed an earlier courtroom sitting that there was a ‘large’ quantity of forensic evaluation required within the matter.

Vial and Burns had been initially arrested on June 26 on suspicion of a critical assault. It adopted info acquired by Gardai which led to a large-scale search across the well-liked vacationer vacation spot.

Whereas each had been launched with out cost on that event, Vial was then introduced earlier than Ballyshannon District Court docket on July 14 the place he was charged with homicide whereas Burns was introduced earlier than Letterkenny District Court docket on August 29 when she was additionally charged with homicide.

Following an in depth search involving Gardai, the Irish Coastguard together with Rescue 118 and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Workforce, a physique was recovered in water off the cliffs on July 3.

The physique was taken to Letterkenny College Hospital the place a full submit mortem was carried out by the State Pathologist’s Workplace.

The findings of that submit mortem haven’t been launched for Garda operational causes.

Choose offers State two weeks to finalise e book of proof in Sliabh Liag homicide was final modified: November sixth, 2023 by Workers Author