Northern Ireland & Islands

58 known cases 1993 – 2021
28 inquiry and official reports

03 Jan 2022Aidan MannDownpatrickParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed neighbour whilst acutely psychoticDidn’t believe he was ill – indeterminate sentence – minimum nine years in prison
13 Jul 2021Nigel Orr-McAuleyBangorMentally disordered man repeatedly and fatally stabbed friendFound guilty of murder – min 11.5 years impriisonment
17 Jan 2021Jacquelyn PriceAndreas, Isle of ManSchizophrenic man fatally strangled his mother and assaulted his fatherPreviously undiagnosed – hospital order with restrictionsSCR

Learning Brief
16 Aug 2020Susan BairdBelfastSeverely depressed man repeatedly and fatally bludgeoned his wife with a hammerDiminished responsibility
08 Jun 2020Darren McNallyDerry/ LondonderryMentally disordered woman with ADS fatally stabbed partnerDiminished responsibility – alcohol dependence and domestic violence
30 Mar 2020Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Dobbin (82)LarneParanoid schizophrenic fatally strangled and battered his grandmother after seeing zombiesDiminished responsibility indeterminate life sentence (min 5 years)
23 Dec 2019Joseph Dutton

Frances Murray
BelfastMentally disordered man fatally battered and strangled neighboursDiminished responsibility – Alcohol dependency & PDSentencing remarks
31 Oct 2019Timothy GrahamBangorParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs vulnerable neighbour more than 90 timesThought he was Jesus killing satan – diminished responsibility
06 Aug 2019Pamela NisbetSt Peter, JerseyMentally disordered man fatally stabs his motherDiminished responsibilityMedical FTP Tribunal
05 Dec 2018John O’Reilly (83)ArmaghDemented man fatally pushes fellow care home residentHistory of previous violent incidents 
13-16 Nov 2018Pauline KilkennyEnniskillenMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally batters and stabs woman who’d helped himHistory of severe mental illness and violenceJudgment summary

Sentencing remarks 
06 Jul 2018Gerard ScullionBanbridgeMentally disordered man fatally batters and repeatedly stabs friend Sentencing remarks
20 Jan 2018Mark PonisiBelfastMentally disordered couple beat man to death with hammerDiminished responsibilitySentencing remarks
21 Oct 2017Anne O’NeillBelfastMentally disordered man kills his mother with a chisel Summary of judgment
04 Jun 2017Hazem Ahmed GhreirBelfastMentally ill man fatally stabs strangerLong & concerning MH history ‘slipped through safety net’Sentencing remarks
26 May 2017Michael Cawdery (83)

Marjorie Cawdery (83)
PortadownPsychotic man fatally stabbed elderly strangers after escaping from hospitalSouthern Trust (NI)Inquiry awaited


4-6 Nov 2016James HughesBelfastParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs neighbourPrevious history of violent offendingSentencing
21 Oct 2016John McCarthySt Helier, JerseyMentally ill man fatally stabs pensionerConvicted of Manslaughter by diminished reponsibility 
18 Jan 2016Eddie GirvanGreenisland, Co AntrimMentally ill woman smothers and fatally stabs pensioner  
12 Dec 2015Lisa ArustamovsPortavogiePsychotic man fatally strangled his mother Sentencing
29 Jan 2015Mohsin BhattiBelfastParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs friend in unprovoked attackNo insight, failed to comply with treatmentSentencing
19 Dec 2014Ronald ReidBangorPsychotic and delusional man fatally stomps on and batters his fatherIndefinite hospital order – later absconds from hospital 
4 Jun 2014Margaret EvansPortstewartPsychotic & depressed man fatally batters his mother who he thought was a witchSubstance abuser 
07 Mar – 09 Apr 2014Baby (5 months)BelfastMother with post natal depression fatally smothers baby3 years probation 
4 July 2013Brendan Owens (3)LisburnParanoid schizophrenic mother suffocates young sonSigned herself into psych unit day afterSentencing
4 Jan 2013Aloysius HackettAugher, Co TyroneDepressed mentally ill man fatally shoots father Appeal Hearing
14 Aug 2011Izabela Rzeszowska

Kinga Rzeszowska (5yrs)

Kacper Rzeszowski (2yrs)

Marek Gartska

Marta De La Haye

Julia De La Haye (5yrs)
JerseyMentally ill man fatally stabs family and neighbours  
03 Apr 2011Lynn CoburnConnor NIParanoid schizophrenic decapitates mother and stabs her repeatedlyLong MH historySummary of Judgment 
12 Nov
Michael J McGleenonLurgan NIPsychotic mentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabbed fatherLong MH history, reportedly released from Psych clinic three days before assaultSentencing
06 Jul 2009George MorrisonBelfastParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs nephewUnfit to plead – hospital order 
11 May 2009Anthony RobinBelfastMentally ill woman fatally stabbed partner Sentencing remarks
15 Dec 2008Marek SewerynOmaghMentally ill woman fatally stabs her partmer while drinkingDiminished responsibility – jailed for four yearsSentencing Remarks

Press summary
20 Aug
William McClatcheyBelfast NIParanoid Schizophrenic with PD fatally stabs and dismembers victim then disposes body parts in wheelie bin Sentencing
27 April 2007William McMillanBelfastPsychotic alcoholic with Depression and PTSD fatally stabbed brother Sentencing remarks
02 Feb 2007Daniel WhyteBelfastMan with alcohol dependency syndrome fatally stabs friend Appeal hearing
05 Jan 2006Elaine Le SauvageGuernsey CIMentally ill man kills mother  
18 Dec 2005Patrick McGrathCoalisland, Co TyroneMentally ill man off meds with history of violence suffocates elderly postmaster and severely assaults sister  
25 Oct 2005Maureen LyttleBelfastSchizophrenic fatally and repeatedly batters mother (‘a ferocious beating’)Long MH History & previously sectionedSentencing
12 Jul 2005Lauren O’Neill (9)Carryduff, Co.Antrim MH homicide of daughter and herselfInd Inq found catalogue of errors and missing notesInquiry



18 Jul 2004Geraldine KaneBelfastMentally ill man fatally stabs friend 5 times, later attempts suicidePrevious attempts to kill 
30 May 2004Richard CaldwellBelfastParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs manManslaughter – life minimum 6 years / later allegedly stabbed man after releaseSentencing remarks
25 Jan 2004Peter OrmistonRamsey, Isle of ManMentally disordered woman fatally stabbed her partnerDiminished responisbility – original 4.5 year imprisonment later overturned as unduly lenient
28 June 2003New Born BabyEnniskillenMentally ill teenager suffocates her baby  
09 Mar 2003Sharon MooreLisburnParanoid Schizophrenic fatally stabbed and mutilated woman, a month after release from Psych hospitalInd Inq 2006. Known risk of violence to others, just released from Psych hospitalInquiry
03 Nov 2001Joe BlackColeraineMentally disordered man fatally batters vulnerable acquaintanceHistory of previous violence – diminished responsibility
08 Jul 1999Marion HobbsPortadownMH/Psychotic stabbing of girlfriend  
04 Jun 1999Corien FultonCookstownMentally disordered ex-soldier fatally shoots his wifeConvicted of manslaughter – 5 years imprisonment
16 Jan 1997Pat DouglasBelfastMentally disordered man fatally stabs wife with Alzheimers and attempts to stab himselfAlleged ‘Mercy killing’ – diminished responsibility – 3 yr probation
21 Feb 1995Clara Joughlin (4)Isle of ManMH patient attacks two daughters, killing younger oneInd Inq 1997. Long MH historyInquiry
18 Jan 1994Kieran Hegarty (11)StrabaneMH patient abducted and killed schoolboy Inquiry 
4 Mar 1993Alexander McNaughtBelfastMentally disordered man kills acquaintance  

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