Jury have 'ample scope for doubt' in case to try woman for stabbing her partner

Jury have 'ample scope for doubt' in case to try woman for stabbing her partner

The jury in the trial of a Louth woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in a drunken row on New Years Eve have been told that they have "ample scope for doubt" when considering their verdict.

Paula Farrell, with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth denies murdering Wayne McQuillan at her home on January 1st 2014.

As the defense rested its case this evening - they reminded the jury of the account Paula Farrell gave under oath of being attacked by Wayne McQuillan that night.

The 42-year-old alleged that after a night drinking, her 30-year-old boyfriend sexually attacker her, was strangling her and she was scared to death before she stabbed him 4 times.

He refuted claims from the prosecution that the allegation was a lie because Ms Farrell only reported it to Garday 16 months after the incident - and said the delay in coming forward did not mean that it had not happened.

Prosecutors also reminded the six men and four women about evidence from the first witness on the scene that Mr McQuillan emerged from the house with his trousers down.

Ms Farrell who had suffered appaling sexual abuse as a child, who had spent her whole life in denial who was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.


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