Monday 19 March 2018

Woman (40) charged with New Year's Day stabbing murder

Paula Farrell who is charged with the murder of Wayne McQuillan
Paula Farrell who is charged with the murder of Wayne McQuillan
Wayne McQuillan
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A WOMAN has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan.

Paula Farrell (40), of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, appeared at a late sitting of Dublin District Court.

Mr McQuillan was stabbed in the neck and chest at the address they shared on New Year's Day.

Ms Farrell was arrested after Mr McQuillan was found with the fatal stab wounds in the front garden of their home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

She was being detained at Drogheda Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

She was brought to the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday afternoon and sat impassively in the dock wearing a blue denim jacket, white jumper and black trousers.

Garda Andrew Corbett told the court that he charged Ms Farrell with Mr McQuillan's murder at the station at 3.20pm.

He said she made no reply to the charge after being cautioned.

Judge Michael Walsh consented to a request by Ms Farrell's solicitor Patrick Goodwin to make an application for free legal aid.

Mr Goodwin also said that he was concerned about his client's health as she was on medication and asked for her medical needs to be met while she was in custody.

Judge Walsh directed that appropriate physical and psychiatric treatment be provided for Ms Farrell.

She did not address the court during the brief hearing and she was remanded in custody until a hearing in Dundalk District Court on January 8.


The investigation into Mr McQuillan's death was upgraded to a murder inquiry after gardai received the results of a post-mortem examination.

Mr McQuillan had been found with the fatal stab wounds outside his home by a young woman at 1.45am on Wednesday morning.

Gardai brought the fatally injured man to hospital after the ambulance took almost 30 minutes to arrive.

He died from his injuries in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Irish Independent

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