Saturday 16 December 2017

Nurses didn't visit, says neglect death accused

Brendan Furlong

A WOMAN charged with neglect in connection with the death of her mother said that public health nurses did not visit the house as scheduled.

The trial into the death of Evelyn Joel heard that her daughter Eleanor said nurses left nappies and pads outside the house.

Detective Sergeant Terri Butler told Wexford Circuit Criminal Court that the accused said in a statement that her mother had two public health nurses caring for her from November 2004.

"But they did not call and the nappies and pads were left outside the house. No public health nurse had visited the house since September 6, 2005," she said.

Eleanor Joel and Jonathan Costen, of Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, have pleaded not guilty to unlawful killing by neglect and reckless endangerment of Evelyn Joel between December 1, 2005, and January 6, 2006.

Det Sgt Butler told the court that during the interview with Monica Creane, a public health nurse, she said "Evelyn Joel was self-caring and did not require clinical nursing".

Earlier in his evidence, Det Sgt Butler said that he was investigating the potential crime of reckless endangerment which moved on to potential manslaughter.

Failure

He said this was not an assault manslaughter but a negligence manslaughter, with such negligence involving a failure to care.

He said that a prepared statement was handed in to Enniscorthy garda station by Monica Creane on January 17, 2006.

He added that Ms Creane and other public health nurses had attended at the garda station off their own bat.

Replying to defence counsel Rosario Boyle as to whether that was unusual, he said they made contact and came into the station with prepared statements.

"They came as a result of a pre-contact with the garda station from the HSE," he said.

Det Sgt Butler said that Ms Creane would have been the senior public health nurse who would have been dealing with Evelyn Joel prior to her death.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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