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Jury Hears Mother Accused Of Murdering Children Had Mental Disorder

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

1:19 PM - 18 May 2021



The jury in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her three young children has been hearing details about how she took their lives.

Deirdre Morley, of Parson’s Court, Newcastle, Co Dublin, claims she was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.

She has pleaded NOT guilty by reason of insanity.

On the morning of Jan 24th, 2020, Deirdre Morley suffocated her 7-year-old son, Darragh, and her 3-year-old daughter, Carla.

She then took her eldest son, 9-year-old Conor, out of school early, and did the same to him in a play tent in their living room.

Her husband, who was working in Cork that day, returned that evening to find paramedics treating her outside the house.

A note was attached to a bike inside. It read: “Don’t go into the front room or upstairs. I’m so sorry”

Her husband did. He was the one who found Conor’s body. A note beside him read: “I’m so sorry. I could see no future. This is my fault. I’m broken and can’t be fixed.”

The prosecuting barrister, Anne Marie Lawlor, told the jurors that what happened to the children wasn’t in dispute. “Intent is at the heart of this entire case”, she said.

*Reporting by Frank Greaney



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