Sunday 24 September 2017

Jury shown bottle woman used to kill mother

The jury in the trial of a nurse charged with murdering her mother have been shown the bottle that the accused told gardai she used to kill her.

Lithuanian Greta Dudko (35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (55) at that address on December 24, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court has heard the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court heard Ms Dudko is a nurse who worked in the New Park Care Centre nursing home in The Ward in North Dublin but had recently been suspended for drinking.

Today the jury were shown an Irish Knights liqueur bottle that Ms Dudko told gardai she used to kill her mother.

The jury has already heard Ms Dudko told gardai in an interview that the pair had been fighting because the accuseds son was at his fathers house and Ms Butautiene, who did not approve of him, was not happy about it.

Ms Dudko told gardai her mother hit her with something but did not know what it was and was also pulling her hair.

She said she hit Ms Butautiene twice over the head with the bottle to shut her up while she was already in the bed because she thought she was pretending to be unconscious, then covered her with the duvet and closed the door.

The jury were also shown a sleeveless anorak the court heard was found in the washing machine of the house Ms Dudko shared with her mother in Station Court Hall.

They were also shown a white cardigan from a black bin bag, an off-white cardigan, pink shoes and a pink flat cleaning sponge. A Samsung phone was also found in the bin.

The jury have been listening to a memo of a fifth and final garda interview with Ms Dudko after she was arrested.

It was put to her in the final interview that the pathologist said there were five to eight blows to the head.

It wasnt meant and it wasn't planned I was in pain myself because we were fighting, said Ms Dudko.

And it was kind of [a] really spontaneous action and it wasnt ever, ever meant for her to be dead, never, ever, she added.

Ms Dudko admitted to gardai that she attempted to conceal what she did by using bleach and wearing rubber gloves to clean blood off the wall of her mothers bedroom wall.

She denied that the burnt remnants of a passport with her mothers name in which were found in the bin was a plan to get rid of her identity.

Ms Dudko said that the passport had expired and that she had been telling her mother to cut it up.

She also said she was drinking nearly every day or every second day and taking medication since she moved to the apartment two weeks previously after separating from her husband.

Ms Dudko said she got up in the middle of the night to check on her mother and she knew she was dead and started crying.

I was crying and shaking and well, drinking, said Ms Dudko.

It wasnt meant to be done, I was under [the] affect of alcohol, she said.

I wanted to cause her pain as well because she was pulling me by the hair, said added.

The trial continues on Monday before a jury of seven men and five women with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan presiding.Lithuanian Greta Dudko (35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (55) at that address on December 24, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court has heard the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court heard Ms Dudko is a nurse who worked in the New Park Care Centre nursing home in The Ward in North Dublin but had recently been suspended for drinking.

Today the jury were shown an Irish Knights liqueur bottle that Ms Dudko told gardai she used to kill her mother.

The jury has already heard Ms Dudko told gardai in an interview that the pair had been fighting because the accuseds son was at his fathers house and Ms Butautiene, who did not approve of him, was not happy about it.

Ms Dudko told gardai her mother hit her with something but did not know what it was and was also pulling her hair.

She said she hit Ms Butautiene twice over the head with the bottle to shut her up while she was already in the bed because she thought she was pretending to be unconscious, then covered her with the duvet and closed the door.

The jury were also shown a sleeveless anorak the court heard was found in the washing machine of the house Ms Dudko shared with her mother in Station Court Hall.

They were also shown a white cardigan from a black bin bag, an off-white cardigan, pink shoes and a pink flat cleaning sponge. A Samsung phone was also found in the bin.

The jury have been listening to a memo of a fifth and final garda interview with Ms Dudko after she was arrested.

It was put to her in the final interview that the pathologist said there were five to eight blows to the head.

It wasnt meant and it wasn't planned I was in pain myself because we were fighting, said Ms Dudko.

And it was kind of [a] really spontaneous action and it wasnt ever, ever meant for her to be dead, never, ever, she added.

Ms Dudko admitted to gardai that she attempted to conceal what she did by using bleach and wearing rubber gloves to clean blood off the wall of her mothers bedroom wall.

She denied that the burnt remnants of a passport with her mothers name in which were found in the bin was a plan to get rid of her identity.

Ms Dudko said that the passport had expired and that she had been telling her mother to cut it up.

She also said she was drinking nearly every day or every second day and taking medication since she moved to the apartment two weeks previously after separating from her husband.

Ms Dudko said she got up in the middle of the night to check on her mother and she knew she was dead and started crying.

I was crying and shaking and well, drinking, said Ms Dudko.

It wasnt meant to be done, I was under [the] affect of alcohol, she said.

I wanted to cause her pain as well because she was pulling me by the hair, said added.

The trial continues on Monday before a jury of seven men and five women with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan presiding.

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