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Man charged with homicide after physique discovered at Sliabh Liag

A person has appeared in courtroom charged with the homicide of a person whose physique was discovered floating in waters off Sliabh Liag cliffs.

Alan Vial appeared amidst tight Garda safety at a particular sitting of Ballyshannon Court docket this afternoon.

The 38-year-old had been arrested in an early morning Garda swoop at an deal with in Letterkenny yesterday morning.

He had been questioned all through Thursday earlier than being taken the brief distance from Ballyshannon Garda Station to Ballyshannon Courthouse to look earlier than Decide Éiteáin Cunningham.

Vial, of Drumanoo Head, Killybegs, was charged that on the twenty fifth of June, 2023 at a spot unknown throughout the State, did homicide one Robert Wilkin (often known as Robin Wilkin.)

The cost was Opposite to Widespread Legislation and as offered for by Part 4 of the Prison Justice Act 1964.

Wearing a striped t-shirt and darkish tracksuit bottoms, the accused didn’t converse through the brief listening to.

Members of Vial’s household have been additionally in courtroom for the listening to.

Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien of Ballyshannon Garda Station gave proof of arrest, cost and warning.

He advised the courtroom how after being charged, the accused made no reply.

Vial’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, stated that as a result of the character of the cost there was no utility for bail.

He requested that the case be adjourned again to Letterkenny District Court docket by videolink on Monday subsequent, July seventeenth for the service of a e book of proof.

He stated he appreciated {that a} e book of proof was unlikely to be prepared resulting from time constraints.

He additionally requested for the accused to obtain all required medical therapy together with an up to date prescription for a medical situation whereas in custody.

Garda Superintendent Karen Duffy agreed to all issues together with having the case referred again to Letterkenny District Court docket.

Decide Cunningham adjourned the case and agreed to all requests by Mr Gallagher.

Vial had been beforehand arrested together with a lady in her 20s on Monday, June twenty sixth on suspicion of a severe assault.

It adopted info acquired by Gardai which led to a large-scale search off the favored vacationer vacation spot at Sliabh Liag.

Regardless of being questioned for 2 days, the pair have been launched with out cost.

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

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

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

The sufferer Mr Wilkin, was aged in his mid-60s and from Northern Eire.

In August 2021, Mr Wilkin, who had been dwelling in Tilbury in Essex on the time, was questioned by officers from the NCA after the lorry he was driving was stopped on the Coquelles Channel Tunnel terminal.

The car, which was registered in Poland, had been carrying a load of Belgian candies which have been to be delivered to a location in Maidstone, Kent.

Throughout a search of the lorry, Border Drive officers discovered tape-wrapped packages of medication hidden in two pallets of the candies.

In complete, 63 kilos of heroin and 32 kilos of cocaine have been seized.

Officers from the NCA later charged Wilkin with making an attempt to import a category A drug.

He appeared at Folkestone Magistrates Court docket on August 14, 2021, and was launched on bail.

It’s understood that Mr Wilkin’s stays have been launched from Letterkenny College Hospital to his household on Wednesday final.

Man charged with homicide after physique discovered at Sliabh Liag was final modified: July 14th, 2023 by Stephen Maguire