Published Saturday, 01 September 2012
The man was arrested by gardaí on Friday night. (© Pacemaker)
Jacqueline McDonagh, a 34-year-old settled traveller, was found dead at her home in College Manor in the town in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A post mortem revealed the mother of three had suffered serious head injuries.
Her husband Michael McDonagh, with an address in College Manor, appeared before a special sitting of the local Dundalk District Court.
He was heckled by members of the victim's family as he made his way into the court room.
Detective Garda Joseph Ryan told the court that he arrested Mr McDonagh at 11.15pm on Friday.
When the charge was put to him, McDonagh replied: "I didn't mean to kill her. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kill anybody".
Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said his client was a vulnerable individual particularly at the moment and was making an application for medical treatment.
Judge Dennis McLoughlin recommended that he receive a medical examination and appropriate treatment.
Mr McDonagh was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday.