Sunday 25 February 2018

Compassion for son who killed mother is praised

Tom Shiel

THE family of a man who killed his mother in a frenzied stabbing attack were praised yesterday for the "compassion, forgiveness and magnanimity" they had shown him.

South Mayo coroner John O'Dwyer was speaking after a jury had returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into the death of Carmel Marrinan, a 61-year-old nurse, at the family home on Newport Road, Castlebar, in the early hours of July 8, 2009.

Mrs Marrinan, a mother of seven, was stabbed 15 times by her son, Seamus Marrinan (30), with a kitchen knife on the stairway of her home.

Earlier this year, a jury at the Central Criminal Court returned a verdict of not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. During the trial, the court heard that Mr Marrinan had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and decided to kill his mother believing she was the devil.

Mr Marrinan was embraced by members of his family and was returned to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum where he has been undergoing treatment.

Mr O'Dwyer expressed his sympathy and condolences to the Marrinan family.

Irish Independent

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