Woman found guilty of murdering former husband in Macroom 

Woman found guilty of murdering former husband in Macroom 

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The 48-year-old woman accused of murdering her former husband in Macroom two years ago has just been found guilty of murder.

There were emotional scenes as the verdict was delivered.

The jury of seven women and five men came into court just before 12.30 after six hours and 17 minutes of deliberation which commenced on Friday.

They stood together as registrar, Michael Neary, asked them if they had reached a verdict on which they were all agreed. The jury forewoman replied, 'Yes'. Mr Neary then read, "You say the accused is guilty on charge 1. You say the accused is not guilty on charge 2."

In this moment Rita O’Driscoll of Bridge Street, Bandon, County Cork, learned that she had been found guilty of murdering her former husband, 44-year-old Timmy Foley at 12 Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, County Cork, on October 8 2018.

She was found not guilty on the charge of causing serious harm to the deceased man’s brother, Jason Foley.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon adjourned sentencing until 2 pm today.

It is mandatory that a life sentence will be imposed on a murder conviction.

Rita O'Driscoll's daughter, Chantel, roared, "No, no, no." when it became clear that her mother had been convicted of murder.

She then said to her mother who was sitting in the dock, "I love you Mammy."

The defendant replied quietly, "I love you too."

The defendant's daughter then shouted, "May Jesus Christ almighty forgive ye."

The defendant said to her daughter, "Be strong."

She later added quietly, "I'll be alright."

Because of Coronavirus restrictions only two members of the deceased's family and two of the defendant's family were present for the verdict. The defendant's daughter and sister were present. Two sisters of the deceased were present.

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