Paramedics unable to save man stabbed multiple times, inquest hears

Gardaí granted adjournment of hearing due to woman being set to face trial over death

Paramedics were unable to save a man who was stabbed several times in the abdomen at his home in Co Cork late last year, an inquest has heard.

Timothy Foley (44) died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple stab wounds, Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster told an inquest into his death at South Cork Coroner's Court.

Supt Joe Moore told Coroner Frank O'Connell that gardaí in Macroom received a call at 1.40am on October 8th last saying that a man had been injured in his home at Dan Corkery Place in the town.

Gardaí proceeded to the house where they found paramedics working on Mr Foley to try and stabilise his condition. However, he was pronounced dead by a local GP at 3.04am.


Supt Moore said that a person had been charged with the murder of Mr Foley, a native of Clonakilty, and had recently been returned for trial at the Central Criminal Court. He applied under Section 25.2 of the Coroner's Act to have the inquest adjourned to allow the criminal matter proceed. He told Mr O'Connell it could be May or June of next year before the trial takes place.

Mr O’Connell granted the adjournment and said if the case went to a full hearing, leading to a conviction or acquittal, it was unlikely he would resume the inquest. He adjourned the hearing for mention to next year.

Rita O'Driscoll (46), of Bridge Street, Bandon, was last October charged with the murder of Mr Foley.

In response to the charges, she said: "I did not kill my husband - I stabbed him twice, not 28 times". Her solicitor, Pat Horan, told Judge Mary Dorgan on that occasion that his client would be pleading 'not guilty' and was happy not to apply for bail as she felt safe in prison.

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times