Sunday 16 June 2019

Mother was out of jail for Christmas

A Drogheda mother-of-three charged with murdering her partner was granted compassionate bail to spend Christmas with her family.

Paula Farrell (44) with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda was previously sentenced to life in prison, after a jury found her guilty of murdering 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan.

She had pleaded not guilty to the murder at her home on January 1, 2014.

The Court of Appeal quashed her conviction earlier this year and ordered a retrial, but she did not apply for bail and has remained in custody since.

However, she applied to the Central Criminal Court for compassionate bail to allow her to spend Christmas Day with family.

Her barrister, Edward Doocey BL, handed Mr Justice Michael White a sworn affidavit on his client's behalf.

He explained that she had been on bail until the day of her conviction in July 2015 and had abided by all conditions.

She got to stay at her mother's home in Drogheda for three days over Christmas.

Drogheda Independent