Tuesday 6 December 2016

Manslaughter trial hears details of note found at scene where severely disabled child died

Published 01/12/2016 | 14:34

Dr Bernadette Scully at court, where she pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of her daughter, Emily Barut (11) Picture: Collins
Dr Bernadette Scully at court, where she pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of her daughter, Emily Barut (11) Picture: Collins

The trial of a GP who is pleading not guilty to the manslaughter of her severely disabled daughter has heard that a note was found at the scene in which the author said she could no longer watch her daughter suffer.

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Bernadette Scully (58) of Emvale, Bachelor's Walk, Tullamore, Co Offaly has denied the manslaughter of Emily Barut (11) by an act of gross negligence.

The prosecution alleges she gave toxic amounts of the sedative chloral hydrate to her daughter on 15 September 2012.

The trial at the Central Criminal Court heard the note, signed "Bernie" and dated 15/9, was contained in an envelope found in a brown handbag in the sun room of the house by Dt Garda Colin Lawlor, a scenes of crime investigator.

On the outside of the envelope the author said that if anyone "thinks she is awful then they should have heard Emily's cries".

The court heard that inside was  a piece of paper written on both sides.

The author made reference to Dr Scully's husband Andrias and their daughter Emily's condition.

The note outlined details of Dr Scully's will and directions for a funeral.

The letter said its author was of sound mind.

Dr Scully has denied the charge of manslaughter. The trial continues this afternoon.

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