Saturday 16 December 2017

‘I stabbed him with full knowledge of what I was doing,’ accused admits

Mercy Peters, inset Tyrone McKenna
Mercy Peters, inset Tyrone McKenna


A 41-year-old woman told a court she knew what she was doing when she fatally stabbed a man she was living with at a house in South Dublin.

“I stabbed that man with full knowledge of what I was doing,” Mercy Peters shouted as she was led away from Dublin District Court by five gardai after the hearing.

Peters, originally from Sierra Leone, had been staying with Tyrone McKenna (42) in the Marley Court estate in Rathfarnham before his body was found on Thursday.

She has been remanded in Mountjoy’s women’s prison and will appear before the court again on Thursday for sentencing.

Tyrone McKenna
Tyrone McKenna

Peters was arrested in Dundrum at 10:30am on Friday morning where she refused to accept the murder charge, telling gardai: “Oh no, I will say it in court.”

After evidence of her arrest was presented to the court, Judge Michael Coughlan ordered that she receive an immediate medical and psychiatric assessment.

This triggered an angry response from Peters.

She stated that she knew what she was doing at the time of the murder and shouted: “No psychiatric assessment,” before being led away.

While the evidence was being presented to the judge by Detective Garda David Bunn, Peters shouted, “he is not my solicitor” five times.

Tyrone McKenna’s body was discovered at his home by his father at 5pm on Thursday. A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from a stab wound in the back.

Mr McKenna was stabbed twice in the upstairs of his home before he fell down the stairs and collapsed.

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