Saturday 24 June 2017

Man charged with killing mother will attend funeral

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A MAN charged with killing his elderly mother is expected to attend her funeral this morning.

Gerard Vollrath, who was granted bail on Tuesday night, is expected to attend the funeral of 83-year-old Vera Vollrath, in Tramore, Co Waterford.

The 46-year-old aircraft engineer had to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions and must reside at an address agreed with gardai.

He is expected to accompany his brother, Paul, and sister, Anna Kirk, at the funeral.

Mrs Vollrath's body was discovered in her bed on Monday morning by staff in the Killure Bridge Nursing Home in Waterford, where she had been living for some years due to ill health.

Initially, it was thought that she had died of natural causes as she had suffered a stroke in December and her health had deteriorated rapidly. However, it later emerged that Mrs Vollrath had died of suffocation.

Gerard Vollrath was arrested in Dublin Airport.

He was quizzed by gardai before being charged with manslaughter and brought before a special sitting of Waterford District Court on Tuesday night. He was remanded on bail and ordered to appear before the court again next Tuesday.

Mrs Vollrath's many friends and neighbours are expected to attend this morning's service in the Holycross Church near her home in Tramore Heights.

Her voice was regularly heard in this church as she was a solo singer who was active in a choir group for many years.

Born Vera Power, she was pre-deceased by her German-born husband, Paul Vollrath.

Mr Vollrath, a merchant navy captain, and his wife had fallen "madly in love", according to friends, after they met when Vera was an 18-year-old volunteering in a seaman's centre. His ship had ended up in Waterford after he fled war-ravaged Europe in 1948.

Irish Independent

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