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Deirdre Morley found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering her children

By reason of insanity, Deirdre Morley has been found not guilty of murdering her three children a...
Frank Greaney
Frank Greaney

15.47 20 May 2021


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Deirdre Morley found not guilt...

Deirdre Morley found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering her children

Frank Greaney
Frank Greaney

15.47 20 May 2021


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By reason of insanity, Deirdre Morley has been found not guilty of murdering her three children at their family home in Parson’s Court, Newcastle, County Dublin.

The 44-year-old nurse was found to be suffering from a severe mental illness when she killed the children last year.

She admitted suffocating nine-year-old Conor, seven-year-old Darragh and three-year-old Carla; however, the jury heard psychiatric evidence of a rapid decline in her mental health that led to a delusional belief that she was a bad mother who needed to take their lives to put them out of their misery.

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This morning, the jurors were reminded of the criteria needed to satisfy the legal threshold for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Before they resumed their deliberations today, the judge also reminded them that the evidence was all one-way.

He said both sides agreed the special verdict should be returned on each count.

Just after lunch, he told them he would accept majority verdicts in the case and the jurors returned with special verdicts on each count this afternoon.

Ms Morley will now be further assessed in the Central Mental Hospital before a decision is made on the best course of action for her going forward.


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