Joel admits mother was comatose

THE daughter of Evelyn Joel told the trial into her death that she accepted her mother was in a comatose state when she went into hospital.

In a statement to gardaí, which was read out in court yesterday, Eleanor Joel, one of the accused, also accepted that her mother was extremely thin, dehydrated and had a skin breakdown.

Eleanor Joel, and Jonathan Costen, of 37 Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, have pleaded not guilty to unlawful killing by neglect and reckless endangerment of Evelyn Joel between December 1, 2005, and January 6, 2007.

Garda Ursual Quarry told the trial that in the statement on January 30, 2006, Eleanor Joel told of having seen the medical report of Dr Clodagh Dwyer.

Eleanor Joel agreed that she had met Dr Dwyer in Wexford Hospital, who said her mother was extremely ill, also suggesting she may not pull through.

The accused also told gardaí her mother had been extremely dirty when the ambulance arrived.

In her statement she said: “I started not caring about her before she was brought into hospital.”

When the medical report was put before her, Eleanor Joel agreed that the big issue in the hospital regarding her mother was malnourishment and dehydration. The accused acknowledged her mother did not eat for three weeks before she died.

In her statement, Eleanor Joel also told of Mr Costen putting pressure on her for her mother to get out of their house as she was unable to cope any longer.

“But I was happy to have my mother here. Jonathan would wake me up about 1am and tell me he did not want her (mother) here. This would happen when he had drink.”

The trial continues today.

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