Friday 20 April 2018

Jury shown bottle used to kill mother

Niamh O'Donoghue

THE jury in the trial of a nurse charged with murdering her mother have been shown the bottle that the accused told gardai she used to kill her.

Lithuanian Greta Dudko (35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (55) at that address on December 24, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court has heard the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court heard Ms Dudko is a nurse who worked in the New Park Care Centre nursing home in The Ward in North Dublin but had recently been suspended for drinking.

Yesterday the jury were shown an Irish Knights liqueur bottle that Ms Dudko told gardai she used to kill her mother.

The jury had already heard Ms Dudko told gardai in an interview that the pair had been fighting because the accused's son was at his father's house and Ms Butautiene, who did not approve of him, was not happy about it.

UNCONSCIOUS

Ms Dudko told gardai her mother hit her with something but did not know what it was and was also pulling her hair.

She said she hit Ms Butautiene twice over the head with the bottle to shut her up while she was already in the bed because she thought she was pretending to be unconscious, then covered her with the duvet and closed the door.

The jury were also shown a sleeveless anorak the court heard was found in the washing machine of the house Ms Dudko shared with her mother.

They were also shown a white cardigan from a black bin bag, pink shoes and a pink flat cleaning sponge. A Samsung phone was also found in the bin.

The jury has been listening to a memo of a fifth and final garda interview with Ms Dudko after she was arrested.

It was put to her in the final interview that the pathologist said there were five to eight blows to the head.

"It wasn't meant and it wasn't planned. I was in pain myself because we were fighting," said Ms Dudko.

She also said she was drinking nearly every day or every second day and taking medication since she moved to the apartment two weeks previously after separating from her husband.

The trial continues on Monday before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan.

Irish Independent

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