Parole granted Irishwoman jailed in Australia for killing fiancé to be freed and deported this week
Cathrina ‘Tina’ Cahill, from Co Wexford, was sentenced to eight years in jail for stabbing David Walsh in the neck in February 2017
A woman who killed her fiancé during a row at a house in Sydney is to be released from prison this Thursday and then be deported from Australia straight away.
Cathrina ‘Tina’ Cahill, from Co Wexford, was sentenced to eight years in jail for stabbing David Walsh in the neck in February 2017.
She pleaded guilty to manslaughter based on substantial impairment due to an abnormality of the mind.
The judge who sentenced her described her relationship with Walsh as “volatile”, and involving aggression on both sides.
In an interview from jail in 2017, Cahill said she was upset about being in prison, but added: “I have to serve some penalty for what I did.
"I can’t really remember what happened. Of course I regret it, I’m still shocked, I loved him.”
She was sentenced to eight years in prison but she was eligible for parole after serving five years.
A spokesperson for the State Parole Authority in New South Wales told the Sunday World her parole has been granted and she “will be removed from Australia immediately upon her release from custody on February 17 and deported”.
A pre-release report assessed her as having a “low-risk of reoffending”.
On the night of February 17, 2017, the couple had been socialising with a number of friends before a row broke out, with neighbours reporting loud noises coming from their property.
The fatal incident occurred when Mr Walsh launched an unprovoked attack on a man who had been invited back to their house in Padstow, Sydney, by Cahill and two other female housemates after they met him at a pub.
Cahill, who had also been drinking, tried to stop the attack, then took out a large, very sharp knife from the cutlery drawer and stabbed him.
Police and paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time she had been on a good behaviour bond after she was convicted of recklessly wounding him with a glass candle holder in 2015.
Cahill gave evidence about his repeated violence, including punching strangers and biting her all over her body, his accusations of her sleeping with other men and his deleting texts from her phone.
Judge Peter Johnson said he did not believe Cahill intended to kill him and found Mr Walsh used “controlling conduct, verbal abuse and demeaning language towards Cahill, who responded with the use of violence, including the use of weapons, usually at times when both were intoxicated”.
He accepted her account of the relationship, observing their marriage was “doomed to fail”. The pair had been engaged for just five weeks when she killed him.
Judge Johnson said the victim impact statements from Mr Walsh’s family “reflect the enormous loss suffered by each of them, and the terrible news of his death received by them in Ireland from a distant land”.
Mr Walsh’s ex-partner and the mother of his three daughters wrote in her statement: “Once you picked up that knife you took my children’s lives away too.”
His older brother wrote that their father died 10 months later ‘from a broken heart’, while their mother had become an empty shell of her former self.
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