Thursday 23 February 2017

Cost of Evelyn Joel case nears €500,000 five years after death

BRENDAN FURLONG

FIVE YEARS have passed since the death of mother-of-two Evelyn Joel, who died of a number of ailments, including malnutrition, in a council estate in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Ongoing court proceedings are estimated to have cost the State in excess of half a million euro.

Independent garda and HSE investigations were launched at the time and Eleanor Joel, 32, Evelyn's daughter, and her partner John Costen, 34, of Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, were charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Evelyn Joel, a mother and grandmother, was a mere four stone when she passed away. The frail 59-year-old woman died as a result of a combination of ailments, including pneumonia and multiple sclerosis.

The investigations were launched into how the multiple sclerosis sufferer became malnourished and dehydrated. She died six days after she was admitted to Wexford General Hospital on January 7, 2006.

This month marks five years since the death of the 59-year-old Enniscorthy grandmother.

The legal case surrounding her death has been going back and forth through the district, circuit, high and supreme courts.

Legal costs are estimated to stand at about €500,000 and are still rising.

The trial itself has not yet been heard but there are five legal teams involved, all paid by the State.

The case is due back before the Supreme Court on February 10 related to the relevance of documents and if they will be of assistance in the trial.

However, it remains unclear if the applications will be heard then.

Sunday Independent

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