Family of Cork man stabbed by former wife said they 'could have been saved all of this agony'

Killer Rita O’Driscoll

Killer Rita O’Driscoll

Ralph Riegel


A mother-of-two was jailed for life for the murder of her former husband after she stabbed him 28 times in a row at her brother-in-law's home.

Rita O'Driscoll (48) was convicted of the murder of Timothy 'Timmy' Foley (44) following a two-week Central Criminal Court trial in Cork.

The jury of five men and seven women, sitting before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon, took more than six hours to deliver their unanimous verdict, having begun their deliberations on Friday.

O'Driscoll, of Bridge Street, Bandon, Co Cork, received a mandatory life sentence.

In a victim impact report read out by Detective Sergeant Derek Mulcahy, Mr Foley's family said he had been taken from them in the most cruel fashion.

Victim Timmy Foley

Victim Timmy Foley

"As a family, we have been scarred for life - our elderly father cannot accept how his son was taken in such a cruel way," they said.

"We could have been saved all of this agony, all of the suffering and heartache if she had just held up her hands to begin with, rather than pulling our family through the courts and to hear how he died in such an inhumane way."

The family said that while they received justice, they will never have closure.

O'Driscoll had insisted she acted entirely in self-defence at Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, Co Cork, on October 8, 2018.

However, her brother-in-law, Jason Foley, told the trial he saw her standing over his brother with a blood-covered knife as the victim gasped: "She has me goosed."

O'Driscoll had also denied assault causing harm to her brother-in-law. The mother-of-two was found not guilty on that charge.

Jason Foley, who has an acquired brain injury, was also injured at the scene.

He said he lived at Dan Corkery Place.

His brother was staying with him when, on October 7, 2018, O'Driscoll arrived at the house.

She had brought some alcohol and the group later had some food together.

O'Driscoll had been discharged from the psychiatric ward of a Cork hospital several days before.

Jason Foley said he became concerned over the noise O'Driscoll was making as one of his neighbours was quite elderly.

His brother said there was "no problem" about him asking his former wife to reduce the noise levels.

However, Jason Foley said he then became aware of an argument between his brother and O'Driscoll.

"Rita was arguing with Timmy and she started pucking him in the stomach," he said.


"I said, 'This is my house, what are you doing?' Then my brother said, 'Jason, I'm goosed', and he started roaring.

Jason Foley's home was equipped with a panic button and he triggered the alarm, and gardaí and paramedics raced to the scene.

On arrival, gardaí found O'Driscoll standing outside the property with blood clearly visible on her.

Paramedics treated Timmy Foley and tried to resuscitate him. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had sustained 28 stab wounds, including injuries to his head, face, ears, abdomen and right leg.

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