A WOMAN stabbed her ex-husband 28 times in the head, chest and legs following a boozy row, a murder trial heard today.
Mother-of-two Rita O’Driscoll, 48, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Timmy Foley, 44, and assault causing serious harm to Jason Foley on October 8, 2018 at Dan Corkery Place Macroom, Co Cork.
The trial, which opened before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of five men and seven women in the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork, heard the accused had been drinking with her former husband, Timmy Foley, and his brother Jason in the latter’s home when a fight broke out.
Gardai arrived after a panic button was activated and found Jason Foley with stab wounds and his brother lying dying on the floor.
Prosecuting senior Counsel Siobhan Lankford said in a “broad outline” of the case to the jury that Rita O’Driscoll was admitted to the psychiatric unit of Cork University Hospital on September 21, 2018 and was discharged on October 5.
Her psychiatric said on her discharge she was “coherent, calm and relaxed” with no suicidal thoughts.
She said: “She drove to Macroom on October 7 and went to the home of her former brother-in-law Jason Foley who has an acquired brain injury and lived in the accommodation in Dan Corkery Place, which had a panic button.”
Her former husband Timmy Foley was in the house with him.
Ms Lankford said: “It would be fair to say that the relationship between Rita
“O’Driscoll and Timmy Foley is one to be considered in this case.”
She said O’Driscoll brought alcohol with her and they had food and drink “and an evening in the house”.
Sometime after midnight on October 8 there was a fracas, an argument with pushing and shoving and a verbal altercation during which “the exchanges were heated”.
She said at 1.40 a.m. Pauline Murphy who was monitoring the panic button alarm call system heard the alarm activated.
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As a result of the call and what she heard, Gardai were sent to No 12, Dan Corkery Place as it was obvious to her there was trouble there.
Ms Lankford told the jury they would hear evidence of the postmortem from Dr Margaret Bolster who found 28 stab wounds on Timmy Foley’s head, thorax, abdomen and leg, four of which were potentially fatal.
The trial, which is expected to last over two weeks continues tomorrow.