Verdict expected in trial of Kildare man accused of murdering ex

A verdict is expected today in the trial of a 51-year-old Kildare man accused of murdering his ex partner.

Verdict expected in trial of Kildare man accused of murdering ex

A verdict is expected today in the trial of a 51-year-old Kildare man accused of murdering his ex partner.

Michael McDonald of Barnhill, Castledermot stabbed Breda Cummins in the chest six times at a house in Athy in the early hours of May 13 2010.

The jury went out yesterday and is to resume its deliberations at the Central Criminal Court.

McDonald admits killing 31-year-old Cummins but denies her murder.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to her new partner John Lawlor.

The prosecution say he armed himself with a knife and took a taxi to her house in order to vent his jealous rage that his girlfriend of five years had left him for another man.

The defence say the 51-year-old has been diagnosed with Alcohol Dependency Syndrome and Schizoaffective disorder and that this is not a case of murder because of his diminished responsibility under the Criminal Law Insanity Act.

Before beginning their deliberations yesterday Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley said despite it being a “shocking, sad and outrageous death”, the jury must not let this cloud their judgment.

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