Jury deliberating in trial of Louth woman charged with murdering her partner

Paula Farrell
Paula Farrell

The jury are due to begin deliberating this afternoon in the trial of a 42-year-old Louth woman charged with murdering her partner last year.

Paula Farrell with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth is charged with murdering Wayne McQuillan (30) at her home on January1, 2014.

Three weeks ago at the Central Criminal Court, Ms Farrell pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr McQuillan.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the eleven jurors this morning : "That is the evidence, counsel will raise issues with me now so we will pause there, effectively you will be retiring after lunch."

"You have a number of verdicts, an outright acquittal, the verdict of murder and the verdict of manslaughter. Only if diminished responsibility arises we need to know which type of manslaughter it is, we don’t need any specifics except in that situation," said the judge.

Mr Justice McCarthy then told the jury they could adjudicate for as long as they like.

"I believe I'm finished now except from what I've to hear from counsel. Your deliberations will not begin until you get the issue paper and you will not get that until after lunch," he said.