Monday 19 March 2018

Mental illness 'played no part' as woman stabbed spouse 60 times

Niamh O'Donoghue

A psychiatrist giving evidence in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her husband by stabbing him more than 60 times did not think a mental disorder played a major part in the alleged offence, a court heard.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Prof Harry Kennedy gave evidence at the Central Criminal Court trial of Tanya Doyle, who admits killing Paul Byrne but denies murdering him.

Ms Doyle (40) of Pairc Gleann Trasna, Aylesbury, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Byrne (48) on September 4, 2009.

The defence told the jury at the start of the trial that it was admitted his client alone killed Mr Byrne and the issue in the trial would be Ms Doyle's mental state at the time.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Paul O'Connell previously told the court his opinion was that the accused suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

But Dr O'Connell said he changed this view saying she had schizoaffective disorder that would diminish her responsibility for the killing.

Prof Kennedy interviewed Ms Doyle three times in September 2011.

He said that having read about the circumstances of the killing, whether Ms Doyle had a mental disorder or not, he did not think it played a major part in the alleged offence.

The court also heard evidence Ms Doyle stabbed her husband twice on one occasion in 2006.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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