International fraudster Holmes cremated in Cork

The final sad chapter in the double suicide of a couple in Co Limerick was concluded yesterday when the body of international fraudster Julia Holmes was cremated at Little Island Crematorium in Cork.

International fraudster Holmes cremated in Cork

It is believed a relative of her partner, Thomas Ruttle intervened to organise a private cremation after her family in the North refused to have anything to do with her funeral.

It had been thought the West Limerick coroner, Brendan Nix, might have to organise a pauper’s funeral for her.

Her body was taken from the morgue at University Hospital Limerick yesterday morning by a Co Limerick undertaker who was engaged to organise the cremation.

Mr Nix said he had not been contacted to organise any funeral for Ms Holmes.

The bodies of Ms Holmes, 63, and Mr Ruttle, 56, were discovered by burglars after they broke into Mr Ruttle’s home at Bouliglass, Askeaton, in the early hours of May 18.

The three-man gang alerted the gardaí, fearing they would be implicated in the deaths.

The bodies had been there for a number of weeks and gardaí were satisfied from evidence at the scene, which included copious notes written by both, that the couple died by suicide.

The funeral of Mr Ruttle took place at St Mary’s Church of Ireland in Askeaton, with more than 150 people attending the service.

Toxicology tests taken at the postmortems by state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy will take up to two more weeks to produce results.

When these are available, Mr Nix will be able to organise an inquest, which will formally decide the cause of death of both Mr Ruttle and Ms Holmes.

The couple met via the internet over three years ago.

Mr Ruttle was unaware of Ms Holmes’ criminal background, which involved major fraud in the North, the US, and Australia.

She served a prison sentence in Texas for a $500,000 fraud and was later deported back to the North.

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