Westmeath murder trial set for October

DPP refuses to accept 'guilty' plea to manslaughter

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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. 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.