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Forensics at the scene in Westmeath last month. PA

Westmeath-based psychic Stefan Posschier's son charged with his murder

Posschier’s body was discovered late last month.

LAST UPDATE | 10 Nov 2022

A 28-YEAR-old man “shook his head and made no reply” when charged with murdering his father, Stefan Nivelles Posschier, who was found dead at his Westmeath home last month.

Ross O’Rourke, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody after appearing before Judge Bernadette Owens at Mullingar District Court this morning.

Belgium-born fortune teller Stefan Nivelles Posschier, 65, was discovered lifeless on 25 October at his home in Rattin, a rural townland between Kinnegad and Milltownpass.

A postmortem examination was conducted while detectives at Mullingar Garda station commenced a murder investigation.

They brought O’Rourke to appear before the judge at Mullingar District Court.

Giving evidence, Detective Sergeant David Donnelly said Mr O’Rourke was arrested, charged and cautioned at 10.10am.

He is accused of the murder of Stefan Nivelles Posschier at his home between 24 October and 25 October, contrary to common law.

The garda told the court that “in reply to the charge after caution, he made no reply and shook his head”. The accused was then handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Throughout the brief hearing, the defendant, dressed in a black top, navy tracksuit bottoms and brown shoes, stood facing forward with his hands behind his back.

His solicitor Kate McGhee (Tracy Horan & Co Solicitors), successfully asked for legal aid to be granted because her client was not working.

The judge also acceded to her request to extend legal aid “to cover an independent psychiatric report”.

The accused did not address the court but whispered to his solicitor when she brought up the request concerning the psychiatric report.

He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear again at Mullingar District Court via video link on 17 November.

The District Court does not have the jurisdiction to consider bail in murder cases, which require an application in the High Court.

Clairvoyant Stefan had been in Ireland for over 20 years. He had lived in south Dublin before settling in Westmeath.

He was well-known for his work as a psychic, clairvoyant and shamanic healer.

Working under the stage name Stefan De Guylianhe, he gave tarot card readings in towns across the country.

He was laid to rest following a funeral service at the weekend.