Thursday 18 January 2018

Nurse killed her mother in row, court is told

Niamh O'Donoghue

A NURSE killed her mother while drunk on Christmas Eve, a court has heard.

Greta Dudko (35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (56) at that address on December 24, 2010.

But the Central Criminal Court has heard the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions. The court heard Ms Dudko is a nurse who worked in the New Park Care Centre nursing home in The Ward, North Dublin. Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, said Dudko had difficulties with her marriage and with alcohol. The Lithuanian national had been suspended from her job shortly before the killing.

Ms Walley said the accused and her husband had separated two weeks beforehand. She and her child left their home to live in Clonsilla with her mother.

A row developed on December 24 and Ms Butautiene suffered injuries, the court was told.

The pathologist will say the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The accused's husband came back on December 25 and did not see Ms Butautiene but Ms Dudko did not tell him about the row, the court heard.

Ms Butautiene was in bed and Ms Walley told the court that the prosecution believes she was dead at that stage.

Ms Walley said the accused's husband and his housemate ultimately found her mother lying dead in her bed.

Ms Dudko's husband called the gardai who cautioned her, to which she said: "I was drunk, my mum, she started hitting me with something," the court was told.

The court heard the accused said her mother did not wake up after that and when asked if she used a weapon she said: "No, I didn't, just pushed her to the wall. She tried to kill me".

Ms Walley said when gardai pressed Ms Dudko, she said after she pushed her mother, she got a bottle and hit her with it twice around the face and head. Ms Walley told the jury the pathologist said there were between five and eight blows around the head. She said most of what the prosecution knows about that night comes from Ms Dudko and that there was nobody else in the apartment.

The trial continues before a jury of seven men and five women with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan presiding.

Irish Independent

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