Man appears before Tipperary court charged with the murder of his father


Court reporter


Court reporter

A 21 year-old man appeared before Carrick-on-Suir District Court this morning charged with the murder of his Carrick-on-Suir born father in Portlaw, Co. Waterford last weekend.

Stephen Butler with an address at Shielbaggan, New Ross, Co. Wexford appeared before Judge Terence Finn charged with the murder of John Butler at Brown St., Portlaw Saturday, January 11.

The assault causing harm charge proffered against Stephen Butler at a special sitting of the Carrick Court on Sunday was withdrawn at this morning's court sitting.

Garda Sharon Ryan of Tramore Garda Station gave evidence of arresting Mr Butler at 10.32am today, charging and cautioning him. She said he made no reply to the charge after being cautioned. 

Gda. Ryan told the court the Section 3 assault charge was being withdrawn.

Defence solicitor Ken Cunningham said the question of seeking bail didn't arise in the district court because of the seriousness of the charge. An application for bail would instead be made in the High Court in the next few days.

The solicitor said his client agreed to a remand of three weeks. He requested that the DPP would "apply full haste" to preparing the Book of Evidence. 

Judge Finn said this was a matter for the DPP's office and given the seriousness of the charge, he felt it would probably take some time to prepare the Book of Evidence.

He remanded Mr Butler in custody to appear before Carrick-on-Suir District Court sitting of February 6 and granted free legal aid to Mr Cunningham.