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Trial of woman accused of assisting the suicide of another person gets underway today

CourtsBy Neil Fetherston
Gail O Rorke
Gail O Rorke

The first ever trial in the State of a person accused of assisting the suicide of another person gets underway later today.

Gail O’Rorke is accused of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of another woman in Dublin four years ago

O’Rorke, from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght, is the first person in the State to be charged with the offence which carries a sentence upon conviction of up to fourteen years in jail.

She is charged under Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 of assisting the suicide of Bernadette Forde between March 2011 and 6 June 2011.

The case was last heard in court almost a year ago after a lengthy period of discovery.

The trial is set to begin this morning at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where it will be heard for up to two weeks.