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Mum died from blunt force trauma, trial told

The trial of a nurse charged with murdering her mother in their Dublin home has heard that the 55-year-old died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Greta Dudko of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 55-year-old Anna Butautiene. However, the Lithuanian mother of one has pleaded not guilty to her murder at that address on Christmas Eve, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court yesterday heard from the Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, who had carried out a post-mortem examination on Ms Butautiene's body.

He said he had been given Ms Dudko's version of events that she had banged her mother's head against a wall twice, before twice hitting her over the head with a glass bottle.

He outlined five head wounds, explaining that they had come from five to eight separate blows. The skull had been fractured, he added.

He said that two of the wounds could have been caused by being struck off a wall or with the bottle, and that the other three were more likely to have been caused by the bottle.


The jury also heard from Ms Dudko's former employer that the 36-year-old had been one of her best nurses at New Park Care Centre.

Director of nursing Rita Gallagher described her as reliable, well-liked and articulate during her three years working there until early December 2010.

Ms Gallagher said this started to change when Ms Dudko arrived for work on December 2 under the influence of alcohol.

Ms Dudko had said that her mother had a heavy drink problem and that she was finding her home life very stressful.

Following a further incident later that month she was suspended from her job.

Ms Dudko has already told the trial that she had a row with her mother on Christmas Eve when Ms Butautiene arrived home to find that her son in law had taken her grandson for the night.

She said that her mother had hit her and pulled her hair and that this is when she had inflicted the head injuries on her.

The trial continues.