Tuesday 21 November 2017

Nurse may face retrial as jury fails to reach a decision

Niamh O'Donoghue

A NURSE accused of murdering her mother on Christmas Eve three years ago faces a possible retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Lithuanian Greta Dudko (35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (55) at that address on December 24, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions and a jury of seven men and five women were sworn in for the two-week trial.

Yesterday after six-and-half hours of deliberation the jury said they did not think it was possible to reach a verdict because their minds were made up.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan thanked the jury before excusing them and the case will be mentioned next Monday when a new trial date may be set.

The court heard Dudko was employed in Newpark Care Centre nursing home in the Ward in North Dublin but had been suspended earlier that month for drinking at work.

She was living with her mother and four-year-old son after separating from her husband two weeks before the incident.

Dudko told gardai she was watching television in bed when her mother came home and started arguing with her because her son was at his father's house.

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She said her mother hit her on the face with something but she did not know what with and that she was pulling her hair.

Dudko initially told gardai she hit her mother twice against a wall and she fell on the bed because her mother was trying to kill her.

But she later admitted she also got an Irish Knights liqueur bottle from the kitchen and struck her twice over the head with it while she was in bed.

"I hit her on the face with the empty bottle twice because I thought she was going to ruin my life and just hated her," Ms Dudko told gardai.

There was no intention of killing her, just to shut her up for the evening, she said.

She told gardai that she covered her mother's body with a duvet, cleaned blood off the wall, turned off the light and closed the door.

Irish Independent

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