| 10.3°C Dublin

Fatal stabbing Woman accused of murdering husband during family get-together pleads not guilty

Sarah Doyle (32) is alleged to have stabbed Philip Doyle twice to his left side with a knife

Close

Sarah and Philip Doyle on their wedding day

Sarah and Philip Doyle on their wedding day

Sarah and Philip Doyle on their wedding day

A woman accused of stabbing and killing her husband during a family get together at their Wexford home has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Sarah Doyle, 32, from The Heath, Ramsgate, Gorey, is alleged to have stabbed Philip Doyle twice to his left side with a knife, causing a wound 15cm in depth.

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday 26th January, 2020.

Emergency services were called to the scene but to no avail and the father of three was pronounced dead at the scene outside the front of his home.

Mr Doyle, 33, was originally from Bray, Co Wicklow but had been living in Gorey with his wife Sarah Doyle and their two toddler sons.

The couple, who had been together for several years, were married about six months prior to the incident.

Opening the case, Paul Green, senior counsel prosecuting for the State, outlined to the jury events leading to the fatal stabbing.

Philip Doyle's daughter was staying with them the weekend the attack happened, along with his parents David and Jackie.

Sarah Doyle and her mother-in-law Jackie went for a night out in Gorey on Saturday evening and visited a number of pubs, before arriving back home separately.

Jackie went to bed upstairs in the same room as her granddaughter Hannah but a disagreement took place when the accused arrived home.

Mr Green said this continued onto the landing of the house, where Philip Doyle became involved around the top of the stairs before the row moved downstairs.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

"Ms Doyle produced a knife," he said, "and was responsible for inflicting two stab wounds on the late Philip Doyle, one of which was fatal."

Close

The stabbing happened at the couple's Co Wexford home

The stabbing happened at the couple's Co Wexford home

The stabbing happened at the couple's Co Wexford home

 

Mr Green told the jury of seven women and five men that they must decide whether the accused intended to kill or cause serious injury to her husband during the incident.

The jury viewed a number of photographs taken by gardaí at the scene of Ms Doyle during questioning by gardaí.

Among the photographs shown to the jury on Wednesday included ones  showing bruising to the bridge of Sarah Doyle's nose, her shoulder and injuries to her right forearm and close to her wrist.

Other photographs showed blood spatter on the tiles of the entrance to the home.

Ms Doyle, wearing a black top and black trousers, responded “Not guilty” when asked how she pleaded to the charge.

Family members of the deceased and the accused filled the courtroom while sitting on separate benches.

Justice David Keane told the jury that the trial is expected to take three weeks.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Privacy