Friday 19 December 2014

Family of Irish victim furious after meat cleaver attacker declared unfit for trial

Published 08/01/2014 | 11:35

David Tarloff. Inset: Kathryn Faughey

RELATIVES of an Irish psychologist butchered to death with a meat cleaver have reacted with fury after new medical reports held her attacker unfit to stand trial.

Prosecutors in New York have been trying to bring paranoid schizophrenic David Tarloff to justice for the past six years for the grisly murder of Kathryn Faughey at her Manhattan clinic.

But 45-year-old Tarloff — who has admitted to killing redhead Kathryn with a meat cleaver — has just been found unfit again by court doctors.

The latest findings once again put the start date of his next murder trial in doubt. Tarloff’s lawyers insist he was delusional and therefore can't be held responsible for the heinous acts.

Mike Faughey, one of the victim's six siblings, said Tarloff “is a calculating person” and must be brought to justice.

“We’re not buying the insanity defence at all,” said Faughey, who has been at every one of Tarloff's court appearances.

“He murdered our sister and I want justice for Kathy's death.”

Tarloff’s lawyer Frederick Sosinsky said: “He deteriorated as we were beginning to start preparation for trial.”

He added however that Tarloff had shown “some improvement” since he was recently moved from Rikers Island prison to New York’s Bellevue Hospital psychiatric ward.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin has yet to rule on the latest finding. He has adjourned the case to Jan. 16.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has been trying to get a murder conviction against Tarloff since the killing in February 2008.

Prosecutors said his deranged plot was carefully planned, which is evidence of his ability to reason at the time of the killing.

Tarloff carried a cache of weapons, including a meat cleaver, to the office after plotting the attack from his filthy Queens apartment, trial evidence showed.

His victim Kathryn, 56, whose parents emigrated to America from Co. Armagh and Sligo, was not his intended target, it has been revealed. 

He went to the building because he was nursing a 17-year grudge against Dr Faughey's colleague and suite mate, Dr. Kent Shinbach.

But Shinbach was behind closed doors with a patient, so Tarloff attacked 56-year-old Kathryn instead, slashing her fifteen times.

By Julian Brouwer

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