A GALWAY woman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her former lover in 2011.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict against Maura Thornton (31) from Inverin, Connemara, Co Galway. However, they found her not guilty of a charge of murder at the Central Criminal Court in Galway today.
Ms Thornton had denied the murder of US national Kevin Joyce (59) at a rented apartment in Upper Salthill on July 31, 2011. However, she had admitted to inflicting 18 stab wounds on Mr Joyce.
The jury of nine men and three women took just over three hours deliberating before returning the unanimous verdict.
They had begun deliberations on Friday evening but resumed this morning for a further hour and ten minutes.
On hearing the verdict, Justice Barry White directed that Ms Thornton would be sentenced in March in Dublin.
The court heard that enquiries would now be made abroad regarding a victim impact statement from Mr Joyce's family.
Ms Thornton was remanded on bail to appear at a Dublin court on March 11.
Mr Justice White thanked the jury for their time in the case and excused them from any further jury duty for 10 years.
“It is not an easy task to sit in judgement of your fellow man but it is a necessary evil if you like,” he said, before adding ; “The system would rapidly grind to a halt if people like you were not civically spirited or civically minded enough to come forward."