Man sent forward to the central criminal court charged with murder of woman 40 years ago

A 73 year old Cork man has been returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found dumped in a wood in West Cork over 40 years ago.

Noel Long of Maulbaun, Passage West appeared at Skibbereen District Court today.

Noel Long is charged with murdering 54 year old Nora Sheehan at a place and time unknown between the 6th and 12th of June 1981.

The mother of three from Ballyphehane disappeared from outside the South Infirmary Hospital on the night of the 6th of June after she attended the Emergency Department for a dog bite on her arm.

Her body was found six days later in Shippool Woods near Innishannon and a post mortem revealed she had died a violent death.

Judge James McNulty remanded Long on bail under a number of conditions including that he surrender his passport and sign on daily at a Garda station in the city.

Judge McNulty also granted defence solicitor Eddie Burke’s application for free legal aid for both a junior and senior counsel.


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