The man accused of murdering a Fermanagh woman is to undergo a psychiatric examination before his trial later this year. Joseph Dolan, of no fixed abode but formally from Cavan pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pauline Kilkenny at her home on November 13th last year. 28-year- old Dolan was formally arraigned at Dungannon Crown Court on charges of murdering Ms Kilkenny, stealing her Fiat Panda car, and implicating his former girlfriend in the murder between November 13 and 16 last year.
Defence QC James Gallagher told Mr Justice Colton the primary issue in the case was a psychiatric one, which should narrow matters, and as a result, it was expected Dolan’s trial would last only two to three days, with many of the witnesses agreed. He added that it may not be until September before Dolan can be examined. An additional feature in the case, was Dolan’s previous history of psychiatric hospital admissions, both here and in the Irish Republic.
Following an objection by prosecuting QC Ciaran Murphy at the “very significant” delay in obtaining reports, Mr Justice Colton ordered that medical reports should be lodged with the court by mid-August. No details surrounding the murder were given during the brief arraignment hearing, but at the time it was reported that 59-year-old Ms Kilkenny, was found by her sister in her isolated home between Belcoo and Garrison. She had a number of stab wounds and also suffered a number of serious head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.