A mother-of-three charged with murdering her partner has been granted compassionate bail to spend Christmas with her family.
Paula Farrell (44) with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda was previously sentenced to life in prison, after a jury found her guilty of murdering 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan. She had pleaded not guilty to the murder at her home on January 1, 2014.
The Court of Appeal quashed her conviction earlier this year and ordered a retrial, but she did not apply for bail and has remained in custody since.
However, she applied to the Central Criminal Court on Friday for compassionate bail to allow her to spend Christmas Day with family.
Her barrister, Edward Doocey BL, handed Mr Justice Michael White a sworn affidavit on his client’s behalf.
He explained that she had been on bail until the day of her conviction in July 2015 and had abided by all conditions.
He said that, if granted compassionate bail, she would stay at her mother’s home in Drogheda for three days over Christmas.
He said that the deceased man’s family also lived in Drogheda, but that staying away from them was one of the bail conditions by which she’d previously abided.
The State had already agreed similar terms this time.
“I will release her on compassionate bail,” said Justice White.
He outlined a number of conditions to which Ms Farrell agreed. These included a curfew between 8pm and 8am, to stay a kilometre away from the deceased’s family’s home and to remain of sober habits.
He said that she could leave the Dochas Centre not before 6pm on Christmas Eve and must return by 6pm on December 27.