Ruttle to be laid to rest in family plot

Details of the final chapter of the Thomas Ruttle/Julia Holmes saga unfolded last night.

The funeral service for Mr Ruttle, who died in a suicide pact with Ms Holmes, a convicted fraudster, will be held next Wednesday, it was confirmed.

No arrangements have yet been made for Ms Holmes’ remains. She had claimed she was his wife and wanted to be buried with him. Her body remains unclaimed at the morgue of University Hospital Limerick.

Rev Kenneth Scott is expected to preside at a funeral service for Mr Ruttle at St Mary’s Church of Ireland in Askeaton next Wednesday at 2pm and his remains will be interred in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery.

Both died in a suicide pact at Mr Ruttle’s home at Boolaglass, Askeaton, and their bodies were found by a three-man gang of burglars.

Ms Holmes, aged 63 claimed she had a child with Mr Ruttle, aged 56 when she was 60, and the child was buried in the family grave.

They were never married and previously she entered a bigamous marriage in the US where she and her un-lawful husband were jailed for a massive fraud.

Before their deaths, she sent a letter to a company of solicitors in the North claiming she and Mr Ruttle wished to be buried together, alongside their child.

Gardaí suspect this was another fraudulent claim.

Her final fraud involved Mr Ruttle’s family home which she planned to sell before moving to Spain with the proceeds.

When the sale fell through, she embarked on a suicide pact with Mr Ruttle who was devastated at the unpaid debts she had built up in improvements on his house.

Over the past 40 years, Ms Holmes had left a trail of fraud stretching from the North to Canada, the US, Australia and back to Co Limerick.

West Limerick coroner, Brendan Nix, will have to ask Limerick City and County Council to arrange a pauper’s funeral if her remains go unclaimed.

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