Killer wife can claim victim's €1m pension
Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30
The brother of a man murdered by his ex-wife is trying to stop her receiving his €1m pension upon release from prison.
Tanya Doyle was jailed for life for stabbing Paul Byrne more than 60 times at their home in Tallaght on September 4, 2009.
Paul's brother Noel said she is eligible to apply for parole in two years, and if released, will be able to pick up his pension - which could be as much as €1m.
"After her being convicted for murder, under the circumstances that she was, to turn around and think that the pension company has absolutely no alternative but to pay her..." he said. Mr Byrne told RTE's 'Liveline' that his brother and Doyle had been estranged, and were going through a legal separation.
Paul Byrne, a reputable engineer with RPS, bled to death and his final nine minutes of life were recorded as he called 999.
Despite claiming insanity, Doyle was convicted of murder and in March 2013 was jailed for life. The term was backdated to her arrest in September 2009.
Paul Byrne's pension with RPS is held by Friends First.
RPS said the pension scheme trustees have sought to get the law updated to address the issues the case raises.
A spokeswoman for Friends First said: "The situation, as outlined by Mr Noel Byrne on RTE's 'Liveline', is complex and Friends First is considering its obligations in conjunction with its own legal advisers and the Pension Scheme Trustees and cannot comment further."