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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Tragic Emily was her mum's No1 priority', trial is told

Bernadette Scully arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning, where she is charged with the manslaughter of her daughter, Emily Barut (11), in September, 2012. Photo: Collins Courts
Bernadette Scully arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning, where she is charged with the manslaughter of her daughter, Emily Barut (11), in September, 2012. Photo: Collins Courts

The partner of a GP on trial for the manslaughter of her severely disabled daughter has said the child was her "number one priority".

Bernadette Scully (58) of Emvale, Bachelor's Walk, Tullamore, Co Offaly has denied the manslaughter of her daughter Emily Barut (11) by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of a sedative.

Andrius Koslovskis told the trial at the Central Criminal Court that he lived with Dr Scully and had a very active role in caring for Emily.

He said he had found a note in the car on the day of the child's death and had become "emotional".

Two weeks before her death, the young disabled child had an operation to replace the peg tube used to deliver medication and she was in "constant pain" and "really suffering", he said.

Strain

Asked if Dr Scully was under strain at this time, he replied that she was.

On September 15, 2012 Mr Koslovskis was playing music at a memorial service for Dr Scully's nephew who had died from sudden adult death syndrome. Dr Scully had not attended because she was caring for Emily.

When he returned, Dr Scully was very distressed and told him Emily had a seizure.

She sent him to get medication but when he returned, she counted the tablets and said there was not enough, sending him back for more.

He could not recall seeing or hearing Emily on either of these two occasions. When he returned again, she asked him to go and get some food.

This time he took "Emily's car" and noticed an envelope.

"It was all emotional, I remember being upset," he said.

When he came home with food, Dr Scully was tired and he left her to sleep. He checked Emily at 9pm and found her cold. He said he panicked and tried to rouse Dr Scully before calling an ambulance.

He said Emily was Dr Scully's number one priority and she would never hurt her.

Earlier, Dr Scully's sister, Teresa told how Emily had been born in 2000 following a third IVF attempt for Bernadette and her then husband.

When Emily was diagnosed with microcephaly, she said Dr Scully used her expertise as a doctor "to improve Emily's life, but most of all her dignity".

Emily was unable to speak but could make some small sounds and she suffered seizures that were "very severe".

In this time Dr Scully's marriage broke down. Emily's father was not able to deal with his daughter's situation and had problems with drinking.

Ms Scully described her sister as a deeply caring person who had been "a pillar of support" when her own husband was killed in the British Army in Afghanistan.

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