Woman held knife to mother’s throat, court hears

A mentally-ill woman held a knife to her elderly mother’s throat in a fit of jealousy after she found out her successful sister was coming home from Canada, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Woman held knife to mother’s throat, court hears

Carol Sanders, aged 50, formerly of Ralahine, Ballybrack, Co Dublin told her mother, “you have to die”, during the attack at the home they shared in Ballybrack on November 24, 2015.

Sanders, an alcoholic who suffers from a personality disorder, pleaded guilty to producing a weapon in a manner likely to intimidate her mother, Mary Sanders. Two other charges of producing a weapon, and an assault charge, were taken into account by the court.

John Quirke, prosecuting, said when Sanders’s mother told her her sister and uncle were coming home from Canada she was “agitated and jealous of that fact”.

The court heard her sister was a successful businesswoman and the visit would coincide with her birthday, which made Sanders angry.

Mr Quirke said Sanders “flung a dinner plate in rage” upon hearing the news and then rang her sister in Canada saying her mother “had to die and was going to be killed.”

Mary Sanders managed to get away and alert gardaí. “She stated she was petrified and scared,” Mr Quirke said.

She subsequently got a barring order against her daughter. Michael Bowman, defending, said Sanders had battled with a personality disorder since she was a child and that she became an alcoholic.

“There has been a sea change,” Mr Bowman said, saying Sanders was now on increased anti- psychotic and anti-anxiety medication and was abstaining from alcohol.

The judge adjourned the matter for sentencing until October 24.

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