Richard Satchwell (57) was remanded in ongoing custody for four weeks as he appeared by video link before Judge Brian O’Shea at Clonmel District Court.
Satchwell was charged with the murder of his wife, Tina (45), three days after her body was discovered wrapped in plastic and buried beneath the stairwell of a property in Youghal, Co Cork last October.
Tina had vanished without trace in March 2017 and was the focus of a major Garda missing person investigation for over six and a half years.
Judge O’Shea was told by Sergeant Tom O’Brien that final instructions on the case had been received by gardaí from the DPP.
“The DPP has directed that he is to be tried on a single charge of murder before a judge and jury at the Central Criminal Court,” Sgt O’Brien said.
Judge O’Shea confirmed the DPP instruction to the defendant who appeared before the court by video-link.
He said that the State will now be afforded time to serve a book of evidence on the defendant and his legal team before a return for trial is dealt with by the court.
Judge O’Shea explained to Satchwell that a remand of between four and six weeks would now be considered.
The asked the defendant if he would consent to a remand of four weeks to allow gardaí to prepare a book of evidence for service.
“Yeah, I consent,” Satchwell confirmed.
The defendant appeared by video link wearing a grey sports top.
Judge O’Shea said he would remand Satchwell in continuing custody to appear again by video-link before Clonmel District Court on March 12 next.
Following submissions from Aidan Leahy, stepping in for defence solicitor Eddie Burke, Judge O’Shea said a date would then be set for the service of the book of evidence on the defence.
When that date is agreed, the defendant will be remanded to appear in person before Clonmel District Court for the return for trial to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.
Satchwell, who has an address at Grattan Street, Youghal, Co Cork, was charged with the murder of his wife, Tina Satchwell nee Dingivan, at a special sitting of Cashel District Court last October.
The charge is brought contrary to Common Law.
Last month, Supt Adrian Gamble confirmed that he personally supervised the handing of the Garda case file to the State Solicitor for North Cork, Jerry Healy, for submission to the DPP.
Supt Gamble explained to the court that some of the matters in respect of the case file such as expert reports had been outside the control of the gardai.
Satchwell, who is originally from Leicester, has been living in Cork for over 20 years.
He was arrested after Gardaí launched a search operation at the home he shared with his wife Tina last October after a six year missing person investigation.
Satchwell was charged after his wife’s remains were discovered by specialist Garda search teams who had excavated a concrete floor and walled-up area underneath the stairwell of the Youghal property.
He had been arrested when the search operation commenced but was then released without charge.
Satchwell was re-arrested within 24 hours when the human remains were found at the property.
Detective Garda David Kelleher previously told the court that 38 statements were requested from the initial arrest, detention, further extensions and the subsequent re-arrest of Satchwell.
He said they had been awaiting State Pathologist, forensic, forensic archaeology, anthropology, State Laboratory and toxicology reports.
Satchwell was previously denied bail at a High Court sitting at Cloverhill Court last year.
Gardai had objected to bail on the basis of the serious nature of the charge involved and that the accused was a potential flight risk.
Judge Siobhan Lankford formally denied the bail application having considered the various submissions.
She said the defendant faces “very serious charges…the most serious charges on the criminal canon.”
Satchwell was first charged with the murder of his wife on October 14 before a special sitting of Cashel District Court, three days after the human remains were found at the Youghal property.
Tina Satchwell nee Dingivan was a native of St Bernard’s Place in Fermoy, Co Cork.
She had moved to the UK where she met her husband.
They returned from the UK and lived for a time in Fermoy before relocating to Youghal.
Tina was reported missing on March 24 2017 by her husband Richard.
In a massive missing person search operation over the subsequent six years, Gardaí followed 400 lines of enquiry, watched hundreds of hours of CCTV and took witness statements from a total of 170 people.
Sea and land searches were carried out by Gardaí following her disappearance at various locations in east Cork.
In March 2018, Gardaí conducted a major search operation for Tina over two weeks at Mitchel’s Wood in Castlemartyr, Co Cork.
On the sixth anniversary of Tina’s disappearance last March, Gardaí issued a renewed appeal for information in a bid to locate her.
Tina would have celebrated her 50th birthday last year.
She hailed from a family of eight and is survived by her siblings.
Candlelit vigils in her memory were held in both Youghal and Fermoy in her memory last October.