Monday 26 February 2018

Murder accused 'wanted fresh start'

Niamh O Donoghue

THE mental state of a woman accused of murdering her husband will be a key issue in the trial, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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

The court heard that emergency services received a 999 call from Mr Byrne who was being attacked and killed.

This call lasted just over eight minutes and Mr Byrne was begging for help saying his wife was stabbing him. He suffered over 60 knife wounds.

Gardai gained access to the house where a scene of horror greeted them, the court heard.

Mr Byrne was pronounced dead at the scene.

Other gardai spoke to Ms Doyle at the scene and she told them: "He got what was coming to him. I meant to kill him".

When asked if she meant to stab him so many times, she said: "I did because I wasn't going to be done for attempted murder. I wanted a fresh start with decent money, he wouldn't sign over the house."

The trial is expected to last just over a week.

Irish Independent

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