Saturday 21 April 2018

Farmer to be buried separately from conwoman partner

Julia McKitterick and Thomas Ruttle
Julia McKitterick and Thomas Ruttle

David Raleigh

Funeral arrangements have been finalised for a farmer found dead after a suspected suicide pact with a conwoman.

Father of two, Thomas Ruttle, will be buried next Wednesday following a 2pm service at St Mary's Church of Ireland, Askeaton, Co Limerick.

His body is to laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

However, the body of his partner Julia McKitterick, who was last using two aliases - Julia Holmes and Croen Ruttle - is to be buried in a pauper's grave as her next of kin have declined to claim her body.

The bodies of Mr Ruttle (56) and Ms McKitterick (63), were discovered by a three-man gang in a decomposing state when the burglars broke into Mr Ruttle's farmhouse outside Askeaton.

Suicide letters were found in the house, however, post mortems on both bodies could not determine how the pair died.

Gardaí - who suspect Mr Ruttle and Ms McKitterick died from poisoning - are awaiting toxicology tests.

Ms McKitterick was a convicted fraudster wanted by PSNI and is believed to have swindled local workers in Limerick out of thousands of euro.

Irish Independent

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