Husband of a midwife who died after a car fire faces court for premeditated murder

The husband of a woman who died after being pulled out of a burning car has appeared in court for her murder.

Thomas Rainey, 59, is charged with the murder of Katrina Rainey at the family farm in Koh Deere on Tuesday.

Mrs. Rainey, a midwife who was in her 50s, died in hospital after sustaining severe burns in the night car fire outside the farm on Quarry Road, Knokholrim.

Her husband, who also needed hospital treatment for burn injuries, was placed in custody after briefly appearing before District Judge Mark McGarrity on Saturday morning.

Rainey appeared in court via a video link from the PSNI detention ward at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.

He spoke briefly at the beginning of the session when asked to confirm his date of birth.

A PSNI police officer who interviewed the accused while he was in custody told the court she could link him to the charge.

A defense attorney said he had no questions regarding the contact, and said there would also be no request for his release on bail.

The lawyer asked the police officer to confirm that one of the reasons the police were protesting against bail was because of the risk of Renee self-harming.

The officer confirmed that this was a concern to the police.

The lawyer told the judge that there was justification for holding his client in the hospital ward of Maghabri prison.

He said: «I will call the Magabri reservation office this morning, given that the police are also of the opinion that Mr Rainey is a significant danger to himself, and that he is being housed within the hospital ward.»

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He also sustained serious burns.»

The accused is scheduled to appear before the court again, via video link, on the tenth of November. – PA

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