Aoife Phelan murder suspect sent for trial

A MAN accused of the murder of Aoife Phelan last October has been served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise had said “no” when he was charged in November. He has been accused of murdering the 30-year-old au pair Ms Phelan at Capoley, Portlaoise, on October 25th, the date of her disappearance.

Her body was found concealed in a bin buried in a pit at a location on the outskirts of Portlaoise on November 7th.

Two days later Mr Corbet had been remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court. An order was also made that he was to receive psychiatric treatment during his remand in custody.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared last week at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Grainne Malone where he served with a book of evidence.

Judge Malone then made an order sending him forward for trial at the next term of the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Corbet was first arrested by gardai on Monday, November 5 in connection with the disappearance of Aoife Phelan who was from Ballyroan.

He was released without charge shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 6.

He was re-arrested and charged after Ms Phelan’s body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road the next day.

Aoife Phelan went missing on Thursday, October 25 and despite extensive appeals for information and exhaustive searches by Gardaí and civilian volunteers, fears for her welfare escalated with each passing day.

Targeted searches were conducted aand Gardaí discovered Aoife’s body at a sealed-off property on the Timahoe Road.


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