Monday 27 May 2019

'I did not kill husband ... I only stabbed him twice - not 28 times'

Timothy Foley
Timothy Foley

Ralph Riegel

A woman charged with the murder of her husband in Co Cork insisted she did not kill him but told gardaí she had stabbed him twice.

Rita O'Driscoll (46) appeared before Macroom District Court charged with the murder of Timothy 'Timmy' Foley (44).

After being charged, she told gardaí: "I did not kill my husband - I stabbed him twice, not 28 times."

Mr Foley was pronounced dead at Dan Corkery Place in Macroom at 2am last Monday after he was discovered lying unresponsive in a pool of blood on a pavement outside a house.

A post-mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster revealed he had been stabbed multiple times.

Ms O'Driscoll, of Bridge Street, Bandon, Co Cork, appeared before Judge Mary Dorgan at Macroom District Court, charged with murder.

She indicated she will plead not guilty to the murder of Timmy Foley, at 12 Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, Co Cork, between October 7 and 8.

Det Sgt Derek Mulcahy gave the court evidence of her arrest, caution and charge.

He told the court that in response to the charge at Bandon garda station, Ms O'Driscoll said she had not killed her husband but indicated she had stabbed him twice.

The judge noted that as the charge involved is murder, bail must be dealt with by the High Court and remanded Ms O'Driscoll in custody until October 17.

Ms O'Driscoll, who appeared in court wearing blue denim trousers and a black top, remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

However, her solicitor Pat Horan made a number of submissions to the court, including a request that she receive psychiatric and counselling support in Limerick Prison.

He also informed the court that while Ms O'Driscoll was being questioned by gardaí in custody earlier this week, her landlord had boarded up her rented property in Bandon, leaving her two adult children homeless. Mr Horan said Ms O'Driscoll had been subjected to significant physical and emotional abuse over the years, a fact he said State agencies were aware of.

He added that, as a loving mother, her primary concern was now for her two adult children, aged 21 and 22.

Mr Horan also asked that his client's security be provided for while in custody.

Mr Horan indicated a not guilty plea to murder will be entered at the appropriate time.

Judge Dorgan said the matters involved were "very serious".

Inspector Brian Murphy urged people to assist the Garda investigation and he appealed for "calm and caution".

Mr Foley was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to hospital.

His brother Jason, who has an acquired brain injury, was found injured at the scene and taken to Cork University Hospital. Ms O'Driscoll was found with minor injuries and was taken to Mercy University Hospital.

The deceased had been caring for his brother Jason since he, Timothy Foley, was released last year from a 12-month prison sentence for assault causing harm after a drunken incident on a bus.

Irish Independent

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