Sunday 25 September 2016

Couple convicted of killing MS sufferer (59) by neglect have their convictions quashed

Ruaidhrí Giblin

Published 04/03/2016 | 12:04

Eleanor Joel , and her partner Jonathan Costen Pic: Collins Courts
Eleanor Joel , and her partner Jonathan Costen Pic: Collins Courts
Eleanor Joel (41) with her partner Jonathan Costen (43) Pic: Courtpix
Costen (Jonathan) Wins appeal against conviction, Court of Appeal
Eleanor Joel , and her partner Jonathan Costen Pic: Collins Courts
The late Evelyn Joel in August 2004 with her daughter Eleanor, grand daughter Jessica and Eleanor's partner John Costen.
Eleanor Joel
jonathan costen

A couple convicted of killing a 59-year-old MS sufferer by neglect have had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal.

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Evelyn Joel's 41-year-old daughter, Eleanor, and her partner Jonathan Costen (43), with last addresses at Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Evelyn by neglect in Co Wexford in January 2006.

Following a retrial, they were found guilty by a jury at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court and were given a two year suspended sentence by Judge Seán O'Donnabháin in March 2013 on condition they carry out 230 hours of community service.

The pair successfully appealed their convictions with the Court of Appeal holding today that the couple succeeded on a number of grounds.

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