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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Killer mum caught with four knives as she went to a christening is locked up

Kelly Noble. Photo: Stephen Collins / Collins
Kelly Noble. Photo: Stephen Collins / Collins

A woman who had a carving knife and three Stanley knives in her handbag while on her way to a christening has been jailed for six months.

Kelly Noble (30), who has a previous conviction for manslaughter after she stabbed a teenage mother of two to death 10 years ago with a knife, claimed at Drogheda District court she bought the knives the day before to use in her new apartment.

She said she "wasn't sure" if she went home that evening after buying the knives, which she claimed was the reason they were still in her bag.

Judge Conal Gibbons said he did not believe her evidence, saying it was an "absolutely irrational and unbelievable explanation".

Noble, of Emmet Manor, Emmet Court in Inchicore, Dublin 8, had denied being in unlawful possession of the knives outside McBride train station, Dublin Road in Drogheda on April 14, 2013.

Garda Emer O'Sullivan gave evidence that she saw Noble and a man acting suspiciously, searching the ground near the train station.

She said Noble, who was carrying a large shoulder bag, consented to be searched and the knives were recovered.

She told gardai she "bought the knives to use at home".

Evidence

On hearing the evidence, Judge Gibbons said he was satisfied the State proved their case.

Defence barrister Ronan O'Carroll said Noble has three children aged four, 13 and 15 and that her partner died seven weeks ago.

On handing down the sentence, Judge Gibbons said: "The circumstances make no sense to me. I don't believe she bought them in the manner she said and was going to a christening armed."

The court heard Noble has several previous convictions, including manslaughter, theft and public order.

When she was 21 Noble was convicted by a unanimous verdict of the manslaughter of Emma McLoughlin (19) outside Pat's supermarket, in Laytown, on June 2, 2006.

The jury deliberated for two days at the Central Criminal Court. She was sentenced to eight years with the last two suspended.

Kelly Noble's mother, Jacqui Noble, was also previously handed a life sentence for the murder of her former partner and Kelly's father.

Hacked

In 2004, Jacqui Noble was convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Derek Benson.

He was hacked to death with a sword at his flat at Sandy Hill Avenue, in Ballymun, Dublin, in May 2000, by Jacqui's co- accused, Paul Hopkins, of Sillogue Avenue, north Dublin.

Following her father's death and her mother's imprisonment, Kelly Noble was taken into care. She later moved to the Seaview Estate in Laytown, Co Meath, after the birth of her first daughter.

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