Woman is charged with killing partner

A woman was arrested and charged today with killing her partner in Cork city centre in June last year.

A woman was arrested and charged today with killing her partner in Cork city centre in June last year.

Mary O’Driscoll, aged 48, who lives at the Simon Community in Cork was arrested by Garda Damian Moloney and charged with the unlawful killing of Walter Black at Academy Street, Cork, on June 25 2002.

It is alleged that O’Driscoll knocked Mr Black over and jumped on his head during the incident at 5.30pm in the afternoon of that date, as a result of which Mr Black, a middle aged man, died.

The incident occurred outside the Irish Examiner’s office.

Defence solicitor, Donal Daly, applied to have O’Driscoll released on bail as he said O’Driscoll was a resident with Simon and was at all times available to the gardaí in connection with the investigation.

“There is no flight risk in this case,” Mr Daly said.

Inspector John O’Brien said the gardaí were not objecting to bail being granted to the defendant.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc remanded O’Driscoll on bail of €500, no money to be lodged, to appear again at Cork District Court on July 30.

A book of evidence is to be prepared in the case.

Ultimately O’Driscoll will be sent forward for trial by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on the manslaughter charge.

It is possible that the case will be returned for the sessions of that court commencing on October 20.

When Garda Damian Moloney arrested and charged the defendant she made no reply after caution.

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