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Tragic MS sufferer found in own filth, trial told

Brendan Furlong

Published 28/11/2012 | 05:00

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A WOMAN had to be washed down before being treated in hospital as she had been effectively left in her own filth at home, a court heard.

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The daughter and partner of Evelyn Joel (59) are on trial charged with unlawful killing by neglect on January 7, 2006.

Eleanor Joel (38) and John Costen (40), of Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, have pleaded not guilty before Judge Sean O Donobhain at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

Justin Dillon, prosecuting, told the jury that central to the case is that Evelyn Joel suffered from multiple sclerosis.

The case would focus on the last four or five weeks she was in the house of her daughter Eleanor before she was moved to Wexford General Hospital.

He said that it seemed Ms Joel was in bed all of the time during this time.

Mr Dillon told the court that Ms Joel was found effectively in her own filth, and she had not been looked after. When she was brought to hospital, she had to be washed down before the hospital could treat her.

She died on January 7, 2006.

A post-mortem found that death came about through pneumonia brought about by complicating sepsis syndrome.

This was due to infected pressure sores due to immobilisation, due to multiple sclerosis.

Ambulance technician Ray Sinnott told of calling to the house and seeing Ms Joel looking very thin and pale in bed.

When he pulled the sheets back, he saw nappies and excrement around her lower body, while the mattress was stained.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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