The son of a slain woman arrested in connection with her gruesome murder claimed to be "the real Adolf Hitler" in a video he previously posted online.

Tomasz Piotrowski (32), was arrested by Gardaí on Wednesday in connection with the ax-murder of his mother Elzbieta (57) after her decapitated body was found in the hallway of her home in Ardee, Co Louth.

In the chilling video footage, he claimed that his mother used "black magic" on him and spoke about his childhood years in Poland, trains, UFOs, and diamonds.

He also twice stated that he needed help.

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Mr. Piotrowski, with an address at Cherrybrook in Ardee, appeared at Cloverhill District Court in Dublin on Thursday charged with the murder of the married mother-of-two and was remanded in custody for a week.

A defense solicitor told the hearing he had serious concerns for his client's mental health.

According to the Irish Independent, investigating Gardaí had previously stated they were not looking for anybody else in connection to the attack and continued to work at four different crime scenes in and around Ardee as they pieced together the movements of her killer.

Four separate crime scenes under investigation

The first crime scene was where the body of Elzbieta was found, in the Clonmore Estate in Ardee, just off the Dunleer Road where the Polish native had lived with her husband Krzystztof. Her adult daughter was in Poland at the time of the killing.

The second scene was at a house in the Cherrybrook Estate, around 1.2 miles (2km) away.

The third scene was at a house on Bridge Street, and the fourth was at a remote abandoned house on the N52 in the townland of Drumconrath, around 4.9 miles (8km) from Ardee.

Local sources said that a man told a taxi driver he was on his way to kill someone, but that he then told the taxi driver he would do it another time and asked the taxi to turn back towards Ardee after he had ditched a bag at the house near Drumconrath.

The taxi is then believed to have dropped the man at the house on Bridge Street but then alerted Gardaí because of the nature of the conversation he had with the accused.

Gardaí called to the house at Bridge Street, but nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

At that point, it is believed that a friend of Elzbieta called to her home to collect her and raised the alarm after making the shocking discovery.

Piotrowski was arrested around 90 minutes later outside a pub on Bridge Street, at around 1 pm.

The suspect is known to Gardaí as a drug user who is in debt to serious local dealers but was not considered a criminal until Tuesday's shocking events unfolded.

Judge John Cheatle directed that the defendant receive all appropriate medical attention and granted him free legal aid.

He is due to appear again by video link at Cloverhill District Court next week.

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