Thurles Resident Charged With 2017 Murder In Skibbereen, Co Cork

A 42-year-old Thurles man has appeared at Bandon District Court, charged in connection with the murder of an English national, at his home in west Cork, some four and a half years ago.

Mr Jonathan Ustic, a 51-year-old from Cornwall, was located dead having sustained serious injuries, following an assault at his rented terraced house on High Street in Skibbereen, Co Cork, on September 24th, 2017 last. The father of one, Mr Ustic, had moved to Ireland back in 2005 and had previously lived in Drimoleague and Bantry, Co Cork and in Co Tipperary, having moved from the UK.

Andrew Nash, of Parnell Street in Thurles, Co Tipperary was brought before a special sitting of Bandon District Court today, where he was formally charged with the murder of Mr Ustic.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Long gave evidence of arrest charge and caution of Mr Nash. Gardaí are understood to have arrested Mr Nash this morning at 8:05am in Parnell Street, Thurles, before he was removed to Bandon Garda station for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Long informed the court that he charged Mr Nash with one count of the murder of Mr Ustic at 11:32am today adding that Mr Nash had made no reply when the charge was put to him under caution.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that the accused be sent for trial by indictment at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

No application was made for bail at the hearing, however the Defence barrister Mr Peter O’Flynn, for Mr Nash said his client was reserving the right to apply for bail in the High Court.

Mr Justice Roberts assigned free legal aid in the case before remanding Mr Nash in custody to appear before Bandon District Court on Thursday April 7th next.

Father of one Mr Ustic had moved to Ireland in 2005 and had previously lived in Drimoleague and Bantry, Co Cork and in Co Tipperary following his relocation from the UK.


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