Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man accused of killing his mother loses job

Gerard Vollrath appeared in Waterford Court in connection with the death of Vera Vollrath. Photo Patrick Browne
Gerard Vollrath appeared in Waterford Court in connection with the death of Vera Vollrath. Photo Patrick Browne

A MAN accused of killing his elderly mother in a nursing home has lost his job since his arrest, writes Eimear Ni Bhraonain.

Gerard Vollrath (46) has been unable to return home to Austria since he was charged with the unlawful killing of his mother Vera Vollrath.

Mrs Vollrath (83) was found dead at the Killure Bridge Nursing Home in Waterford on January 9.

Yesterday, Mr Vollrath, an aircraft engineer, appeared before Judge David Kennedy at Waterford District Court.

The court heard how the accused had lost his employment earlier this month as he was unable to return to Austria. Part of his bail conditions are that he resides at an address in Co Waterford. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and travel documents.

Mr Vollrath applied to the court last week to have these conditions changed but his application was refused. The court heard yesterday that Mr Vollrath's defence will now make an application to the High Court on Thursday to vary these bail conditions.

Judge Kennedy granted the accused legal aid after the court heard that he was facing a "substantial charge". He adjourned the case before remanding Mr Vollrath on continuing bail until Friday, when he is due to appear before Waterford District Court.

Irish Independent

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