Thursday 22 March 2018

‘I wasn’t well,’ said woman (51) charged with murdering pensioner

By Ken Foy

A 51-year-old woman was today charged with the murder of pensioner Walter Plunkett.

Caroline Roche, with an address at Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford, appeared before a sitting of Enniscorthy District Court earlier today after being arrested by appointment.

Detective Garda Martin Broaders outlined the arrest, charge and caution.

He noted the defendant’s reply: “I wasn’t well when it happened. It wasn’t purposely done or intended.”

The DPP has recommended prosecution on indictment for one count of murder at the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Roche was remanded in custody to the Dochas Centre in Mountjoy Prison.

She will appear in Enniscorthy District Court again on Wednesday, March 20.

Legal aid was granted.

Judge Gerard Haughton told the defendant she can avail of any medical or psychiatric assistance.

At his funeral mass in August, Walter Plunkett (84) was remembered as a man who loved baking, Kilkenny hurling and travelling the world.

The chief mourner was his only daughter, Cathy Bottomley, who described her father as a 'gentleman', and reflected on how he enjoyed life in Ballyedmond, Co Wexford.

“He had just bought a new car and he drove to the local shop every day to buy his newspaper. He had a triple bypass a few years ago but was in reasonably good health,” she said.

Former chef Walter was laid to rest in the same cemetery where his wife, Elizabeth, was also buried.

Mr Plunkett had moved to the area with his wife and daughter about two decades ago. It was following the death of his wife, from cancer, that he met the partner he was with until the time of his death.

He was originally from Waterford but lived in Middlesex, England, for 36 years before returning to Ireland in 1990.

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