Son charged with murdering his mother

The son of a woman with local links, who was stabbed to death outside her home in Roscommon town last September, has been charged with her murder.

The son of a woman with local links, who was stabbed to death outside her home in Roscommon town last September, has been charged with her murder.

Twenty-five-year-old Paul Henry appeared at Harristown District Court last Friday charged with murdering Ann Henry at Abbeytown, Roscommon on September 17, 2011.

The community in south Longford was deeply shocked by the tragic death of Ms Henry who was a native of Ballyleague. Her husband Phelim is principal of Clontuskert NS.

The 49-year-old mother of two died following a stabbing incident outside the house she had been renting in the Spinney area of Roscommon town on the afternoon of September 17, last.

Last week’s court appearance was the first by Paul Henry since his initial charge of assaulting his mother and causing her harm.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has since upgraded the charge to that of murder and the court heard that the final stages of the Book of Evidence, in respect of the case, were currently being finalised. Mr Henry has been in custody in St Patrick’s Institution since he was first arrested and charged, however this week he was transferred to Wheatfield prison in Dublin where it is expected that he will appear back in court next Friday, April 20.

During the attack on Ms Henry last September, passers-by made attempts to fight off her attacker after she had tried to flee the area. An ambulance and the gardaí were on the scene within minutes however, Ms Henry failed to regain consciousness and was subsequently pronounced dead by medical personnel.

It was later that evening when her son was arrested and later charged in connection with the attack on his mother.