Man charged with murder of Mary O’Keefe after body found in burning car appears before court via video link from prison

A FARMER appeared in court again today on a charge of murdering a granny, whose body was found in a burning car.

Michael Leonard, 62, went before Cork District Court for the second time, via video link from Cork prison.

The pensioner's body was found burned in a vehicle


The pensioner’s body was found burned in a vehicle
Leonard did not speak during his court appearance via video link (Stock image)


Leonard did not speak during his court appearance via video link (Stock image)

He is currently on remand on a charge of murdering Mary O’Keeffe, 72, at Drumdeer Woods, Doneraile, on February 4.

Leonard of Glenosheen, Killmallock, Co Limerick, did not speak during the short hearing before Judge Olann Kelleher.

His lawyer Kevin Power said he was unable to consult with his client in prison due to Covid-19 restrictions but acknowledged that he was able to speak to him before the court commenced.


Sgt Gearoid Davis said the Book of Evidence in the case will not be ready for some time.

He applied for an adjournment to February 26 next, when farmer and former forestry worker Leonard will appear via video link.

At a special sitting of Fermoy District Court last Saturday, Det Sgt James O’Shea gave evidence of arresting Leonard who made no reply to the charge of the murder of Mary O’Keeffe.

The body of the mum-of-three was taken from a Dacia Duster parked in the isolated forest in North Cork after firemen put out the intense blaze which completely destroyed the SUV.

The pensioner’s body has not yet been released to her family and it’s understood it could be next week before this happens.

Funeral arrangements will then be made and it’s believed the loving mum and granny will be buried with her late husband Donal.

Cork, Ireland – The Sun