Friday 19 January 2018

Murder accused stabbed husband in stomach after he visited Stringfellows

By Michael Lavery

A woman accused of knifing her husband to death stabbed him in the stomach three years earlier after he visited a booth in Stringfellows nightclub, a jury heard today.

The Central Criminal Court today heard that 40 year old Tanya Doyle had been undergoing mental health treatment for schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia since 1998.

At one stage, she told a psychiatrist she was convinced neighbours were out to kidnap her cat.

She also said she heard voices inside and outside her head, with one telling her "go on, go on, go on," without being specific.

Tanya Doyle (40) of Pairc Gleann Trasna, Aylesbury, Tallaght has pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Paul Byrne (48) at that address on September 4, 2009.

Her defence counsel told the jury at the start of the trial that it was admitted that she alone killed Mr Byrne and the issue in trial would be Ms Doyle's mental health at the time she carried out the killing.

The dead man had sustained more than 60 stab wounds.

The jury has listened to a recording of an eight minute 999 call in which Mr Byrne can be heard screaming and pleading for help, saying his wife was stabbing him.

Today, psychiatrist Dr Claire O'Toole, who said she had never had any dealings with Ms Doyle, read from medical reports on her from the Tallaght Mental Health Service dating back to 1998.

In one report, in 1998, she described a whisper, which came and went, telling her to "do it".

The accused also felt people were looking at her and that they could read her thoughts, defence counsel Brendan Grehan was told.

On January 19, 2000, she said she felt neighbours were out to kidnap her cat.

On February, 2, 2003, the report said she had taken an overdose of her medication, but said she did not want to die but wanted to sleep for a few hours.

In 2004, she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

In 2006, she admitted to stabbing her husband but there was no prosecution in relation to that.

It happened after a night out at Stringfellows.  He went to a booth in the club and she felt "disgusted," she said.

Later that night, she stabbed him twice in the abdomen.

She told mental health staff that she did not know why she did it.

She was upset for Paul, but didn't understand why she didn't feel worse.

She also said she heard voices telling her "go on, go on, go on," but it was not specific.

In September, 2009, she was referred from the Mater Hospital A&E department to Tallaght where she was again seen by a psychiatrist.

She told a doctor in the Mater that she had possibly been poisoned the previous week.

She had gone to Belfast and come back to Dublin, where Gardai told her to stay in a hotel.

She went to the Citywest hotel but then moved to a women’s refuge.

She told a psychiatrist she wanted to get a barring order to get her husband out of the house.

She had no thoughts of harming herself or her husband.

One psychiatrist noted she had been "dis-inhibited" during his interview with her, she kept winking at him and said she would like to see him again, the court heard.

The trial has heard she had had a background of schizoaffective disorder.

Consultant psychiatrist, Professor Patricia Casey, called by the defence, said yesterday that Ms Doyle presented at the Mater Hospital on September 1, 2009 alleging she had been assaulted the previous Thursday.

Prof Casey read medical notes to the court from her registrar Dr Kershee Naidoo saying Ms Doyle reported she had enemies in Dublin and was asking for blood tests, an eye check and a smear check.

Ms Doyle said she was interviewed for a newspaper and the article referred to her as a high-class madame.

She said the Daily Star newspaper had described her as a high-class hooker on March 30 or 31 of that year.

She said she left Dublin when her name appeared in the newspaper and went to Portugal and Africa before going to visit a friend in Belfast but had to return because she ran out of money.

Ms Doyle said she was going through a separation at the time from her husband whom she married in 2001.

She was described as manic with psychosis.

Prof Casey told the jury when someone is manic they are overactive and have beliefs that are untrue and unshakeable.

A toxicology screening of Ms Doyle tested positive for Angel Dust, which was sold in "head shops" in Dublin at the time, Prof Casey told the court.

The court was also told she was on anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication but said he had not been taking one of the drugs for three weeks because she could not afford it and had no medical card.

Prof Casey also told the court Ms Doyle had previously been under psychiatric care in Tallaght.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said the cause of death was multiple stab wounds, with in excess of 60 stab wounds, including defensive wounds.

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