Closing Statements To Begin In Manslaughter Trial Of Offaly GP

Written 3 years ago by Newsroom

Closing statements will begin this morning in the trial of an Offaly GP accused of the manslaughter of her 11 year old daughter.

Fifty-eight year old Bernadette Scully is pleading not guilty to unlawfully killing Emily Barut, who was profoundly disabled, at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore in September 2012.


On Friday, consultant nurse Noreen Roche said Ms. Scully gave her child “100 per cent plus” care but was finding it difficult to keep going

She said the girl’s ongoing survival was down to the high level of care provided and added that other children with similar illnesses tended to suffer ongoing chest infections and bouts of pneumonia.

These had not been a problem for Emily and Ms. Roche put this down to the daily exercise regime and feeding system implemented by Ms.Scully.

It is alleged that she killed her daughter by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate.

The trial continues today at the Central Criminal Court in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.