Gardaí were last night moving towards charging a woman in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old girl in Tullamore, Co Offaly, over 18 months ago.
The woman, aged in her 50s, was arrested yesterday morning by detectives investigating the homicide of Emily Barut.
The girl had been found dead at her home on Bachelor’s Walk in the town on September 15, 2012.
Detectives made the arrest after conducting a detailed investigation into the death which shocked the midlands’ town.
Emily Barut was the daughter of local doctor Bernadette Scully, and Turkish-born businessman Haluk Barut, who are separated.
An autopsy carried out at the time proved inconclusive, and toxicological tests were conducted.
The results of the tests, not disclosed, are understood to have assisted in the direction of the Garda investigation which was upgraded to murder.
Dr Scully, who was described at the time of the tragedy as a hugely popular GP, had cared for her daughter. Emily had cerebral palsy, used a wheelchair, and required 24-hour care.
Locals described the girl as a “bright and engaging child”, with an interest in technology.
Dr Scully ran a large practice from the Medical Centre in Clonminch and lived in the house on Bachelor’s Walk since she returned home from Australia in 2003.
A native of Rhode, Co Offaly, she lived with Andrius Kozlovskis, a Lithuanian-born musician and choir master.
Emily’s father was a businessman and formerly ran the Anatolia Restaurant in Harbour St in the town.
He was at Midland Regional Hospital when his daughter was admitted on the night she was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead a short time afterwards.
Her mother was admitted to hospital where she received treatment and support for a period of time.
A team of detectives at Tullamore Garda Station have been conducting a thorough investigation since then, piecing together what happened and gathering relevant forensic evidence.
This process culminated in a decision to arrest a woman in her 50s yesterday morning.
A Garda spokesman said the arrest was “part of the investigation into the murder of Emily Barut, 11 years, at her home on Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore”, on September 15 2012.
The woman was brought to Tullamore Garda Station and detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act in relation to the girl’s murder.
Garda sources last night said they expected charges to be brought after consultations with the Director of Public Prosecutions were completed.
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