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Leitrim man charged with murder

Ray Gralton arriving at a special sitting of Ballina District Court on Tuesday where he was charged with the murder of Sarah Staunton. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

Ray Gralton arriving at a special sitting of Ballina District Court on Tuesday where he was charged with the murder of Sarah Staunton. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

A 22-year-old native of Co Leitrim was charged with the murder of Sara Staunton in Co Mayo at Ballina District Court on Monday, December 16.

Ray Gralton with an address at Mount Prospect, Roscommon had previously lived in Carrick-on-Shannon and Leitrim Village and had attended Carrick-on-Shannon Community School.

28-year-old mother of two, Sara Staunton was found dead in a house in Mayo Abbey, close to the village of Balla, Co Mayo last Saturday afternoon, December 14.

It is understood Ms Staunton, who moved to the area from Dublin 15 years ago, suffered severe head injuries.

Ray Gralton was arrested and was held in custody at Castlebar Garda Station on Saturday night.

The investigation was upgraded to a murder inquiry following the conclusion of the post mortem at Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar on Sunday, December 15.

The results of the post mortem examination were not released for operational reasons.

Mr Gralton, who was in a relationship with Ms Staunton, was charged with murder on Monday afternoon.

He did not speak during the two-minute hearing before Judge Mary Devins at Ballina District Court.

Detective Sergeant Gary Walsh gave evidence that he arrested Mr Gralton at Castlebar Garda Station on Monday afternoon and charged him with murder.

Mr Gralton made no response when the charge was read to him. He has been remanded in custody until a sitting of Harristown Court this Friday, December 20.

Gardai have taken statements from a number of others who were present at the remote house last Friday night.

 
 
 

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