A 36-year-old nurse has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering her mother on Christmas Eve four years ago.
Greta Dudko admitted killing 55-year-old Anna Butautiene by banging her head against a wall and hitting her over her head with a glass bottle. The Polish native died of blunt force trauma to her head in the home they shared at Station Court Hall, Clonsilla, in Dublin.
The Lithuanian mother of one pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to her manslaughter at that address on December 24, 2010. The plea was not accepted and she went on trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this month.
The 11-day trial heard that the accused had developed an alcohol problem at the time, and was on a number of medications. She had been suspended from her job at the start of the month due to intoxication at work, where she had previously been regarded as one of the best nurses.
Her trial also heard that she, her mother and Dudko’s toddler had moved out of the home they shared with Dudko’s husband just weeks before the murder.
Dudko told detectives her mother had described her son-in-law as a beast and encouraged her to leave him. The deceased had suspected him of being unfaithful to her daughter and Vitalij Dudko admitted in court that she had been correct.
Lack of intent can reduce murder to manslaughter and the defence had argued that she did not have the necessary intent because she was so intoxicated.It was the second jury to hear the trial. Another jury failed to reach a decision last year.
Dudko showed no emotion as she was led away to begin her mandatory life sentence, which was backdated to when she went into custody in September 2011.
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