Friday 24 November 2017

Landmark assisted suicide case adjourned as defence questions DPP's criteria for prosecution

Jessica Magee and Sonya McLean

A DUBLIN woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman has had her case adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Gail O’Rorke (42) of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght is charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde between March 10 and June 6, 2011.

She is the first person in the State to be prosecuted under Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993.

Ms O'Rorke was due to be arraigned today for a trial expected to take place next year.

However, it emerged that her defence team has sought details from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to why a case is being taken.

Anne Rowland BL, defending, said the DPP had been asked to supply “criteria” for prosecution and that depending on the response, it may be necessary to start proceedings elsewhere.

Ms Rowland said she has received eight volumes of disclosure relating to the case.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter for mention on April 30, adding that a trial date should be set as soon as possible.

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