Woman accused of murdering her husband at Co Wexford home pleads not guilty

A woman accused of stabbing and killing her husband during a family gathering at their Co Wexford home has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Sarah Doyle, 32, of The Heath, Ramsgate, Gorey, is alleged to have stabbed Philip Doyle twice in the left side with a knife, causing a 15cm deep wound.

The incident occurred during the early hours of Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Emergency services were called to the scene but to no avail and the father of three was pronounced dead at the scene outside his home.

Mr Doyle (33) was originally from Bray, County Wicklow, but lived in Gorey with his wife and two young children.

The couple, who had been together for several years, married about six months before the incident.

Opening the case at the Waterford-based Central Criminal Court, Paul Green, lead solicitor for the state’s prosecution, described the events leading up to the fatal stabbing. He said Philip Doyle’s daughter was staying with them the weekend the attack occurred, along with her parents, David and Jackie.

Sarah Doyle and her mother-in-law went out for the night in Gorey on Saturday night, before heading home separately, she said.

His mother went to bed upstairs, but there was a disagreement when the defendant got home, the court heard.

Mr Green said this continued to the landing of the house, where Philip Doyle became involved at the top of the stairs before the line went down.

“Mrs. Doyle drew a knife,” he said, “and was responsible for inflicting two stab wounds on the late Philip Doyle, one of which was fatal.”

Green told the jury of seven women and five men that they had to decide whether the defendant intended to kill or seriously injure her husband during the incident.

Ms. Doyle replied “Not Guilty” when asked how she pleaded guilty to the charge. Judge David Keane told the jury that the trial is expected to last three weeks.

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