Thursday 14 December 2017

'My wife is stabbing me, she's trying to kill me ... please help'

Niamh O'Donoghue

A JURY has heard a recording of an eight-minute 999 call in which a man is screaming and telling operators "my wife is stabbing me".

Paul Byrne died after suffering 60 stab wounds, and two knives were found at the house, the Central Criminal Court was told.

Tanya Doyle (40), of Pairc Gleann Trasna, Aylesbury, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband Mr Byrne (48) at that address on September 4, 2009.

Mr Byrne, who was separated from Ms Doyle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The jury was also told that Ms Doyle had previously stabbed the engineer twice – on one occasion in 2006 – but there had been no prosecution in relation to that.

Bernard Condon SC, prosecuting, told the jury of seven men and five women that the 999 call would be "somewhat distressing" to listen to.

Garda Damien McGarry told Mr Condon that the call, in which Mr Byrne can be heard screaming, lasted eight minutes.

Mr Byrne is first heard saying "Hello. My wife is stabbing me," as he gave details of his address to an operator.

"She's stabbing me . . . hello my wife is stabbing me, she's trying kill me . . . she's knocking the door down," he said.

He is then heard saying: "Don't kill me, I didn't do anything to you."

A woman's voice is then heard saying: "Ya did, it's all over."

Then Mr Byrne is heard saying: "I do love ya, I'm dying, don't do this, don't do this to me." He is then heard saying: "Please . . . Tanya . . . don't. Tanya stop. Let me die, let me die here."

Gda McGarry agreed with Mr Brendan Grehan SC, defending, that Ms Doyle was heard saying on the tape "what happened last night", and "my eyes".

Detective Garda John O'Connell told Mr Condon when gardai arrived at the scene there was no sign of forced entry.

He said the tiled floor had a large amount of blood on it and Ms Doyle was sitting at the kitchen table in the house.

The court heard that Ms Doyle, who was interviewed six times, told gardai Mr Byrne had abused her and took money from an escort agency she was running.


It heard Ms Doyle claimed "it was provocation . . . €900 missing from my account every month".

When asked by gardai at the scene if she was sorry, she allegedly said: "No, I'm really not, because of what he did."

In a final interview she denied planning the killing, saying: "I didn't completely plan it, if you know what I mean like."

She also told gardai she owed €70,000 to a number of financial institutions and she spent money on cosmetic surgery.

"All of my money went on boob jobs, nose jobs, veneers – the bank can't repossess that," said Ms Doyle.

Paul Carroll of the fire service told Mr Condon that when he arrived at the house Mr Byrne's stomach was cut open and his intestines were "hanging out".

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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