Nurse accused of murdering mother admits: We didn't get on

A nurse accused of murdering her mother told gardaí they did not get on very well because she was trying to separate her from her husband and ruin her life.

Lithuanian Greta Dudko (aged 35) of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anna Butautiene (aged 55) at that address on December 24, 2010.

The Central Criminal Court has heard the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The jury have been watching videos of the accused's interviews with gardaí following her arrest on December 25, 2010.

Ms Dudko told gardaí that she and her mother did not get on well because she said Ms Butautiene was interfering in her marriage.

“No we didn’t get on very well… she was trying to separate me from the husband all of the time,” said Ms Dudko.

“She was always saying he was not good for me,” she added.

Ms Dudko said her mother was checking her husband’s email and phone and was telling the accused he had another woman.

The accused’s husband Vitalij Dudko has previously given evidence in the trial that he was using Internet dating sites and had met two women for sex.

Ms Dudko told gardai that on Christmas Eve she had two or three vodka and 7ups and was watching television in bed.

She said when her mother came home she started shouting at her because her son was with his father, from whom she had separated.

The accused said her mother hit her with something hard and that she could not feel one side of her face afterwards.

Ms Dudko told gardaí she was knocked out for a few minutes but when she woke up her mother was pulling her hair.

At first, Ms Dudko told gardaí that she hit her mother against the wall, but later said that she struck her twice on the head with a bottle while she was in the bed because she thought she was pretending to be unconscious.

“And I hit her on the face with the empty bottle twice because I thought she was going to ruin my life and just hated her,” Ms Dudko told gardai.

“There was no intention of killing her, just to shut her up for the evening,” she said.

She said she thought her mother was pretending to be unconscious because she would frequently complain of having a heart problem.

Ms Dudko said she put her lying in the bed then covered her with the duvet and closed the door.

She admitted cleaning blood off the walls of her mother’s room and said she changed her clothes and washed her hair the next morning.

Ms Dudko denied that she knew her mother was dead and said she did not check her pulse because she thought she would be fine.

She said she and her mother had never had a physical fight before but said her mother was the one who provoked the row.

The court heard Ms Dudko is a nurse who worked in the New Park Care Centre nursing home in The Ward in North Dublin but had recently been suspended for drinking.

The jury has been shown an Irish Knights liqueur bottle that Ms Dudko told gardaí she used to kill her mother.

The trial continues.

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