Tina Satchwell husband Richard, currently under special monitoring by prison staff

Tina Satchwell husband Richard, currently under special monitoring by prison staff

Tina Satchwell murder case Update: Richard Satchwell, a murder suspect, is segregated and being kept under “special observation” on a jail landing.

According to information provided to The Irish Mirror, Satchwell is housed apart from the other prisoners and is subject to staff checks every 15 minutes. It is believed that Satchwell, 57, is being held in Limerick Prison’s E landing, a narrow hallway that only houses two other inmates.

It happens after his attorney Eddie Burke suggested that his client receive medical care while incarcerated. Satchwell is scheduled to appear via videolink at a Clonmel District Court hearing tomorrow.

He was taken before the Cashel District Court in Co. Tipperary on Saturday for a special session on charges related to the death of his wife Tina. Just before 10.30am, Satchwell entered the courthouse to a throng of reporters while wearing a black T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. He kept his head down the entire time. On his right arm was a tattoo on which the name Tina was enclosed in a love heart.

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During the brief hearing, Satchwell, who was sat in the back of the court, stayed silent. The hearing was also attended by Tina’s family, who is 45 years old.

Detective Garda provided documentation of the arrest, charge, and warning. On Friday, October 13, at 8:03 p.m., Cobh Garda Station’s David Kelleher reported that he had charged Satchwell with murder. Charge following caution, Det. Garda. Kelleher said that Satchwell answered, “Guilty or not guilty – guilty.”

Det Gda Kelleher responded that Satchwell said “guilty or not guilty” and then the word “guilty” in response to the judge’s request for her to repeat what she had said. A true copy of the charge sheet was then given to Satchwell, the court was informed.

In this case, neither the accused nor his application for bail have been requested to express a plea. In his application for legal aid, which was approved, Mr. Burke stated that his client was unemployed. Mr. Burke asked the judge if his client may be moved to Cork Prison, but the judge responded that this was outside of her purview.

From her residence in Youghal, County Cork, Tina had vanished since March 20, 2017. This week, remains found in a walled-off area beneath stairs at a house in the town were recognized as being hers.

The investigation was upgraded from a missing person’s case to a murder investigation after gardai reexamined the case earlier this year. In the past, the missing person’s case included over 400 lines of inquiry, 200+ hours of CCTV, and Interpol’s involvement. However, Tina has never been located in any way.

Mini-diggers and a sniffer dog were used by gardai this week during a search at a residence on Grattan Street in the town. Last Wednesday evening, the canine alerted the police to something inside the building, and a search of a house hallway followed.

In a corridor alcove area behind a wall under stairs, mummified bodies wrapped in plastic were found. On Thursday in the afternoon, the body parts were taken from the residence.

The deceased’s remains were brought out and laid in a coffin as local priest Fr. Bill Bermingham prayed for them. Dental records were used to identify the body after it was transported to Dublin for DNA testing.

After being re-arrested as a result of the discovery, Satchwell was escorted to the Cobh Garda station for questioning before being charged there just after 8 o’clock on Friday. After learning that her sibling’s remains had been identified via dental records, Teresa Dingivan, Tina’s devastated sister, issued a heartbreaking message on Facebook.

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Source: Dublin Live


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