Wednesday 14 November 2018

Irish woman Tina Cahill admits fiancé's manslaughter - Sydney court told

  • Irish woman Cathrina (Tina) Cahill has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her fiancé
  • Newly-engaged woman was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she fatally stabbed her fiancé in Sydney - judge told
  • Cahill was due to face trial for murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter 'on the basis of substantial impairment'
  • The couple's two housemates - now back in Ireland - could give evidence about the nature of the relationship
Tina Cahill has pleaded guilty to manslaughter (Photo: AAP)
Tina Cahill has pleaded guilty to manslaughter (Photo: AAP)

Margaret Scheikowski

An Irish woman due to face trial for the stabbing murder of her fiancé in Sydney has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of substantial impairment.

A newly-engaged Irish woman was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she fatally stabbed her fiancé in Sydney, a judge has been told.

Cathrina Cahill, 27, was due to face a murder trial in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday.

But the charge was downgraded and she pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of substantial impairment by abnormality of the mind.

Tina Cahill and fiancé David Walsh
Tina Cahill and fiancé David Walsh

Cahill admitted unlawfully killing 29-year-old David Walsh - who was from Co Wexford - between February 17 and 18 in 2017 in Padstow.

Prosecutor Nanette Williams said the Crown accepted the plea to the less serious offence on the basis that Cahill was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time.

Her barrister, James Trevallion, said the abnormality of mind was caused by Mr Walsh's conduct towards his client, submitting that the judge needed to be aware of the "extent of the provocation and controlling behaviour" by Mr Walsh.

The couple's two housemates, now back in Ireland, could give evidence about the nature of the relationship.

They also were witnesses to events on February 17 at the Cock'N'Bull Hotel, the Doncaster Hotel and at the Padstow address, Mr Trevallion said.

The Crown and defence have yet to prepare an agreed statement of facts for Justice Peter Johnson to use as the basis for Cahill's sentence hearing on November 1.

Ms Williams said the Crown was seeking victim impact statements from a number of Mr Walsh's family members in Ireland.

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