Woman stabbed husband after he had lap dance, court hears

A woman accused of murdering her husband had stabbed him three years earlier after he had a lap dance in Stringfellows nightclub, a court has heard.

Tanya Doyle (aged 40) of Pairc Gleann Trasna, Aylesbury, Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to murdering Paul Byrne (aged 48) at that address on September 4, 2009.

Defence Counsel Mr Brendan Grehan SC told the Central Criminal Court jury at the start of the trial that it was admitted his client alone killed Mr Byrne.

Mr Grehan told them the issue in the trial would be Ms Doyle’s mental state at the time she carried out the killing.

The court has heard Ms Doyle also stabbed Mr Byrne twice on one occasion in 2006 but that no prosecution had been brought in relation to that.

Psychiatrist Dr Claire O’ Toole of Tallaght Mental Health Services read from medical reports as she herself never met with Ms Doyle.

The court heard Ms Doyle was “disgusted” when her husband went to a booth in Stringfellows nightclub in 2006 and stabbed him later that night.

Ms Doyle said she did not know why she did it, was upset for her husband but did not understand why she did not feel worse.

She had been treated for schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia since 1998, the court heard.

Ms Doyle told a psychiatrist in January 2000 she was convinced that neighbours were out to kidnap her cat.

Dr Niall Pender who is Head of Psychology at Beaumont Hospital interviewed Ms Doyle at the Dochas women’s prison in 2011.

He told Mr Grehan that Ms Doyle said she met her husband in her early 20s and previously stabbed him after he “went off” with a lap dancer.

Dr Pender said Ms Doyle had very serious mental health difficulties and was a very vulnerable individual at the mercy of her emotions.

He told the court Ms Doyle had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2004.

Ms Doyle told him she worked in prostitution for many years as well as an escort agency and also had a history of taking cocaine.

He said Ms Doyle’s cognitive difficulties and drug use would make it very hard for her to control her emotions.

Dr Pender also told the court she had a mental illness and delusions at that time of the incident.

Garda Michelle McGuiness told Mr Grehan that Ms Doyle came into Tallaght Garda Station on August 30, 2009 asking to speak to a member of gardaí.

She told Gda McGuiness she ran a high-class escort agency with her husband and two other men in 2008 and 2009.

The court heard she gave an interview to a newspaper in March 2009 about the escort agency and said her husband and the two other men were “out for revenge for ratting”.

Ms Doyle told Gda McGuiness she was afraid to go home and said she had a voucher for a hotel, which she was going to stay in.

Superintendant Patrick Lordan told Mr Grehan that Mr Byrne made no complaint when he was stabbed in 2006.

On August 30, 2009 Ms Doyle told Supt Lordan she was concerned at the time that “someone had it in for her” because of an article in a newspaper because she had sold a story on prostitution.

Supt Lordan said she was also concerned at the time that someone putting gas through the door of her house and made a complaint about someone cutting her hair.

He said she told him her husband and two other men were out to get her but Supt Lordan said he was satisfied she had no complaint to make as this had not happened in the recent past.

Under cross-examination by Mr Bernard Condon SC prosecuting Sup Lordan agreed that she had rang a friend in Belfast on the day of the stabbing saying: “I have to get out of here, I have to get out here”.

She told that friend her husband was driving her up the wall but did not specifically ask that man for help.

When asked if he had any concerns about her mental health state when she was being questioned over the stabbing, Supt Lordan said he did not and that if he had he would have dealt with it under the Mental Health Act of 2001.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis previously gave evidence the cause of death was multiple stab wounds, with in excess of 60 stab wounds, including defensive wounds.

The trial, which is presided over by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, continues tomorrow.

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