Man admits attempted murder of his mother

Thursday 12 December 2013 21.45
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Gerald Vollrath was remanded on bail for sentencing in February
Gerald Vollrath was remanded on bail for sentencing in February
He admitted the attempted murder of his mother, Veronica, also known as Vera
He admitted the attempted murder of his mother, Veronica, also known as Vera

A 47-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly mother in a Co Waterford nursing home last year.

Gerald Vollrath of Tramore Heights, Tramore, Co Waterford had been charged with the murder of 83-year-old Veronica Vollrath on or about 9 January 2012.

Today the prosecution withdrew the murder charge and he pleaded guilty to a substituted charge of attempted murder.

Vera Vollrath was found dead in her room at the Killure Bridge Nursing Home on the outskirts of Waterford city on 9 January last year.

Two days later Vollrath was charged with her murder.

At the Central Criminal Court last Monday he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A jury was sworn in and the trial was due to start this afternoon.

However, today prosecuting counsel told the judge there had been a development since Monday.

The prosecution dropped the murder charge and Vollrath was re-arraigned and pleaded guilty to a substituted charge of attempted murder.

Vollrath was remanded on bail.

The court was told the conditions of his bail could be relaxed.

He must now sign on at a garda station once a week. He will be sentenced on 17 February next year.