Woman pleads not guilty to murder of husband at home in Cork

Woman pleads not guilty to murder of husband at home in Cork

THE wife of Timmy Foley, who was stabbed to death at a house in Macroom, Co. Cork in the early hours of Monday morning, has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Rita O’Driscoll appeared before Judge Mary Dorgan at Macroom District Court yesterday charged with the 44-year-old’s murder.

The mother-of-two had been detained at Bandon Garda Station since Monday.

She indicated she will plead not guilty to the murder of Timmy Foley, at 12 Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, Co Cork, between October 7 and 8.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given in court.

The court was told that in response to the charge at Bandon garda station, Ms O'Driscoll said she had not killed her husband but indicated she had stabbed him.

The judge noted that as the charge involved is murder, bail must be dealt with by the High Court and remanded Ms O'Driscoll in custody until October 17.

Ms O'Driscoll, who appeared in court wearing blue denim trousers and a black top, remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

Judge Dorgan granted Ms O’Driscoll access to psychiatric and counselling support in Limerick Prison.

Her solicitor informed the court that while Ms O'Driscoll was being questioned by gardaí in custody earlier this week, her landlord had boarded up her rented property in Bandon, leaving her two adult children homeless.

He added that, as a loving mother, her primary concern was now for her two adult children, aged 21 and 22.

After being charged, she told gardaí: "I did not kill my husband - I stabbed him twice, not 28 times."

The body of 44-year-old Timmy Foley was discovered at a house at Dan Corkery Place in Macroom, Co. Cork at around 1.50am on Monday.

The body had a number of suspected stab wounds.