Ac­cused, 33, searched for ‘not guilty by in­san­ity’

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NATASHA REID

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.

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