Jury to retire in trial of nurse accused of mum's murder
THE jury is due to begin its deliberations in the trial of a nurse accused of murdering her mother by hitting her on the head with a bottle.
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 DPP.
Ms Dudko told gardai she hit her mother twice against a wall but later said she struck her twice on the head with a bottle while she was in bed.
Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan yesterday told the jury that the defences of self-defence and provocation were being raised.
He said they had to consider whether Ms Dudko had the requisite intent at the time of the killing.
The judge told the jury of seven men and five women that if a defendant tells lies, it is not evidence of guilt. He said they had to be especially careful in considering the defence of provocation.
Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, told the jury it was not self-defence because Ms Dudko's account of the fight did not make sense and she had told deliberate lies.
Ms Dudko is a nurse and knew the nature of her actions, said Ms Walley.
Ms Caroline Biggs SC, defending, said the case was about Ms Dudko's state of mind at the time. She told the jury they should focus on the time she killed her mother, and not what happened afterwards.
Ms Biggs said her client had no history of aggression and no previous convictions.
Mr Justice Sheehan will continue summining up to the jury today before it retires.