Wednesday 28 September 2016

Council to face the bill for fraudster's funeral after son refuses to bury her

Paul Williams

Published 23/05/2015 | 02:30

The badly decomposed bodies of Holmes and farmer Thomas Ruttle were found lying together on a bed in an upstairs bedroom in Mr Ruttle’s two-storey cottage on the R518 between Rathkeale and Askeaton
The badly decomposed bodies of Holmes and farmer Thomas Ruttle were found lying together on a bed in an upstairs bedroom in Mr Ruttle’s two-storey cottage on the R518 between Rathkeale and Askeaton

The local council faces having to pay for the burial of serial fraudster Julia Holmes whose remains were discovered by burglars beside the body of her partner in Limerick on Monday.

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The badly decomposed bodies of Holmes and farmer Thomas Ruttle were found lying together on a bed in an upstairs bedroom in Mr Ruttle's two-storey cottage on the R518 between Rathkeale and Askeaton.

Ms Holmes' biological son, whom she abandoned at six months, has told gardai that he will not be taking his mother's remains which have been released for burial from Limerick city morgue.

And relatives of her partner Tom Ruttle (56), who she claimed to have married in 2011, have made it known that she will not be buried with their loved one whose funeral is due to take place at the local Church of Ireland church in the coming days.

The remains were released after post mortem and toxicology tests were carried out.

Gardai found a 20-page statement in the house that has been described as a suicide note containing the instruction: "If you find us, don't revive us."

The document, understood to have been signed by the couple, asked that its contents be read at their inquests.

It also emerged that if no next of kin claims Ms Holmes' remains, then it is likely that Limerick County Council will have to organise the burial at a local cemetery.

Ms Holmes' biological son said he would not claim her remains from the morgue - describing his mother's death as "a pathetic end to a wicked and selfish life".

Since the gruesome discovery by a gang of four burglars in the early hours of last Monday, much has emerged about the life of a woman with over 40 aliases, whose career as a fraudster spanned almost as many years.

Cecelia Julia McKitterick was born in Castleberg, Co Tyrone on February 7, 1952. She married, but walked out after a year, leaving her son.

In 1982 she illegally entered the US and settled in Athens, Texas, becoming a leading member of the Republican Party and a high-profile member of the Lone Star State Women's Republican Club.

A year later she married Clyde Parrish and became Julia Victoria Parrish.

In 2009, Ms Homes was jailed for 21 months by Strabane Crown Court after pleading to 22 charges of fraud after swindling businesses in Tyrone and Antrim.

Three months later she turned up claiming to have married Tom Ruttle and moved in to live with him in the cottage where their bodies were found.

Since then she was accused of ripping off local businesses and builders of €70,000 and also tried to con several charities.

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