Saturday 24 March 2018

Mother found guilty of 29 counts of neglect and cruelty of her children

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A mother charged with 42 counts of neglect and cruelty of her children has been found guilty of 29 counts and acquitted on 13 charges.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated on the evidence for three hours and 41 minutes.

Requesting bail, defence counsel said his client would reside at an address agreed with gardai and would sign on at garda stations as requested. 

He added that his client would stay out of Galway city and stay away from any witnesses in the trial. 

Earlier the trial judge Karen O'Connor had directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts in eight further counts. 

Earlier this morning they reviewed evidence from the woman’s eldest daughter and from a medical expert.

The trial lasted for almost two weeks.

Judge O'Connor thanks the jury for their attention throughout the evidence and exempted them from jury service for five years.

Judge O'Connor remanded the defendant on continuing bail after gardai said they were happy with the address furnished by the 39-year-old woman.

She ordered the defendant to sign on three days a week and stay away from her children.

She said she was anxious in respect of the victims that they would not have any encounter with the defendant.

The judge put the case into a date in April for mention.

The jury found the woman guilty of a large portion of the offences  including driving a car at her two young sons, holding her daughter’s head under water and banging her daughter’s head off a counter top.

However, they dismissed some charges of cruelty and neglect relating to six of the children.

Among these were an allegation that she showed her eldest daughter how to self harm by cutting her on the arm.

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