Man arrested with murder after body found off Sliabh Liag cliffs

Man arrested with murder after body found off Sliabh Liag cliffs
The area where Irish police and the Irish Coast Guard carried out the search

Robert Wilkin's death on June 25th of last year led to the remanding in custody of Alan Vial, of Drumanoo Head, Killybegs.

The murder of a man, whose body was discovered floating in the waters off the Sliabh Liag cliffs in Co. Donegal, has been charged against a 38-year-old man.

After his arrest in Letterkenny on Thursday, Alan Vial, of Drumanoo Head, Killybegs, appeared before Judge Éiteáin Cunningham at a special session of Ballyshannon Court on Friday.

Robert (Robin) Wilkin was killed on June 25th of last year at an unidentified location within the State. He was charged with the crime. Mr Wilkin, who was from Northern Ireland, was in his mid-60s.

Throughout the brief hearing, the accused remained silent.

Mr Vial didn't respond after being charged, Det Garda Ciaran O'Brien of the Ballyshannon Garda station testified before the court.

According to Patsy Gallagher, who represents the accused, the nature of the charge prevented him from requesting bail. He requested that the case be continued until Monday at Letterkenny District Court. He stated he understood that due to time restrictions, a book of evidence was unlikely to be completed by then.

Additionally, Mr Gallagher demanded that while the defendant was being held, they get all necessary medical care. Judge Cunningham postponed the case after Garda Supt. Karen Duffy approved of all issues.

On June 26th, a woman in her 20s and Mr Vial were both detained on suspicion of a major assault. It came about as a result of information the garda obtained that prompted a thorough search off Sliabh Liag.

The Irish Coast Guard, the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, and the Garda participated in a significant operation that resulted in the recovery of a body on July 3.