Robert Broughan (Roy Hopkins’ killer) Wiki, Robert Broughan Bio
Robert Broughan, of St Patrick’s Park, Rathangan, appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court on Sunday. He has been charged with the murder of Roy Hopkins, who died following an assault in Co Kildare on Friday night.
He was charged with the murder of 34-year-old Roy Hopkins.
Mr Hopkins was found with serious injuries beside the Grand Canal at Glenaree Bridge, near Rathangan, shortly after 21:00 local time.
He was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detective Garda Seamus Doyle gave evidence of arrest, accusation and precaution.
He told the court that Mr Broughan was charged at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. When he was careful, he told the court: “Are we going to Naas?”
Speaking at court, Det Garda Doyle said that Mr. Broughan and Mr. Hopkins know each other and attend the scene together.
The detective said that Mr. Hopkins died after an attack by a “blunt instrument” and believed that it was gardaí’s baseball bat.
Detective Garda Seamus Doyle said Robert Broughan was charged Sunday afternoon. When he was careful, he told the court: “Are we going to Naas?” Photo: Collins Detective Garda Seamus Doyle says Robert Broughan was charged Sunday afternoon. When he was careful, he told the court: “Are we going to Naas?” Photo: Collins
However, he added, certain details of the case are still being investigated.
Mr. Broughan has been detained in Cloverhill prison until Thursday (August 6th) and will appear again with a video link in front of the Naas District Court this day.
Working as a landscape architect, Mr. Broughan will undergo any treatment, as well as a full psychological assessment.
Judge Desmond Ziadan wanted to “accept the loss of life”, regardless of the outcome of the trial, and said he was sympathetic to both the victim and her family.
Mr. Hopkins’s post-mortem time is scheduled for a later date and will be run by the State Pathologist.