Accused, 33, searched for ‘not guilty by insanity’
A MAN accused of trying to kill his pregnant sister told gardai he travelled to Dublin with a knife, hammer and duct tape, his trial heard yesterday. The court was also told “murder-suicide” and “not guilty by reason of insanity” had been searched for on Daniel O’connell’s computer before he stabbed his sibling Olivia. The 33-year-old, from Rosemount, Newpark, Co Kilkenny, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of the 42-year-old when she was six months pregnant and recovering from cancer. The Central Criminal Court heard the accused, who has autism, didn’t want his sister to have a “Dublin baby” as he had developed an obsession with the city after being teased as a child. O’connell admitted during Garda interviews he had tried to kill his sister on April 25, 2016, in her home at Scholarstown Park, Scholarstown Road, Knocklyon in Dublin. He stabbed her with a kitchen knife up to four times in the back. Ms O’connell’s baby was unharmed in the incident. He told gardai he had travelled to Dublin with a knife, hammer and duct tape with a plan to kill his sister and then kill himself 12 days later. Psychiatrists for the defence and prosecution agreed he is entitled to a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial continues.