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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Woman charged with murder of man (84) claims insanity at trial

Anne Sharkey

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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A WOMAN charged with the murder of an elderly man claims she is not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Caroline Roche (52) from Ballyedmond, Monamolin in Wexford, denies the murder of Walter Plunkett (84) in August 2012.

Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, opened the trial at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

He told the court that Mr Plunkett had lived at Ballyedmond near Gorey with his partner Ms Roche for over 10 years.

The court heard that gardai had received a telephone call at 4.50pm on August 19 from a lady identifying herself as Caroline Roche in which she stated she had killed him.

Gardai had arrived on the scene at 5pm to find the deceased outside the house.

The court heard that Ms Roche was then admitted to a psychiatric unit at Waterford Hospital where she made further references to killing Mr Plunkett saying: "I killed Walter Plunkett. There was no one else there. I bashed his head off the ground – I smothered him."

The trial continues today before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of six women and six men.

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