Deliberations Expected To Begin In Trial Of Offaly GP

Written 3 years ago by Newsroom

The judge in the Bernadette Scully manslaughter trial will continue summing up the evidence this morning before discharging the jury for deliberations.

Closing arguments were put forward by the prosecution and defence yesterday before Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy then told jurors to leave all emotion to one side.


The 58 year old accused is charged with unlawfully killing her 11 year old daughter Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk in Tullamore in September 2012.

Addressing the jury yesterday, defence barrister Ken Fogarty said that nobody envied the decision they would soon have to make and described their job as the hardest of any jury.

Prosecuting counsel, Tara Burns said that Ms. Scully had a duty of care to her daughter as her mother and GP and breached that duty through an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive dose of the sedative chloral hydrate.

Mr. Justice McCarthy, who asked jurors to approach the case in a cool and collected manner, will continue summing up the evidence this morning.