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Woman allegedly stabbed her partner four times with knife


Paula Farrell (42) of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth at court yesterday

Paula Farrell (42) of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth at court yesterday

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Paula Farrell (42) of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth at court yesterday

A jury has heard how a 42-year-old woman accused of murdering her partner in Louth last year allegedly stabbed the deceased four times with a large kitchen knife.

Paula Farrell, with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with murdering Wayne McQuillan (30) at her home on January 1, 2014.

Ms Farrell pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr McQuillan.

The prosecution told the jury that in the early hours of January 1 Ms Farrell allegedly killed the deceased by stabbing him four times with a "large kitchen knife".

The pair had been in a relationship for a year.

The prosecution said the couple regularly "overindulged" in drink and particularly on the night in question. The prosecution said an argument then broke out.

"Ms Farrell took a large kitchen knife ... and stabbed Mr McQuillan four times and one stab was fatal," it was alleged.

The court heard Mr McQuillan was then brought to hospital in a garda car but was already in cardiac arrest.

Garda Dave O'Leary told the jury he found two knives in the sink.

He also told the court he seized a man's shirt from the scene which had stab marks on it.

The court then heard from Gda O'Leary how the kitchen at Rathmullen Park showed signs of disturbance.

Several witnesses, who are under the age of 18, were then called to give evidence and spoke about seeing a man coming out, calling for them to ring an ambulance and collapsing.

"I thought he was covered in oil or liquid but I then saw blood from his neck and called the ambulance," one male school student said.


When asked by Mr Clarke if anyone else came to the door of the house, the student replied: "A woman came to the door and said ... you must be mad ringing an ambulance. She said it two or three times I think," he added.

Another witness, Keith Brady, who had been at a party in a neighbouring house, had spoken to Paula Farrell on the night.

"She appeared at the front door of the house and I asked her what happened and she said they had a fight," said Mr Brady.

The defence put it to Mr Brady that when he spoke with her, Ms Farrell told him she had got a head butt which was visible to him, Mr Brady agreed with this.

"Did you also notice she had a bite mark on her right cheek and bruising on both sides of her neck?" the defence asked.

"No," replied Mr Brady.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.