Ballynacargy man will stand trial for murder

Plea of guilty to manslaughter 'not acceptable' to Director of Public Prosecutions

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The Central Criminal Court, Dublin

The Central Criminal Court, Dublin.

A Westmeath man is due to stand trial for the murder of a woman in the county two years earlier.

Danny Keena (54), of Empor, Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath, is charged with the murder of Brigid Maguire at Main Street, Ballynacargy on November 14, 2015.

Mr Keena pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Maguire in the Central Criminal Court today (Wednesday, March 15). However, this plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Counsel for the DPP, Remy Farrell SC, told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy that Mr Keena's plea was "not acceptable" and a jury will be required for trial.

Mr Justice McCarthy listed the case for trial on October 2 next.

The case is expected to last one week.