'Certain queries' lead judge to adjourn assisted suicide case

Thursday 27 March 2014 22.07
Gail O'Rourke from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght was due to be arraigned today
Gail O'Rourke from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght was due to be arraigned today

A 42-year-old woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman has had her case adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Gail O'Rourke from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght was due to be arraigned today and a trial date was expected to be set for early next year.

However, her lawyers told the court "certain queries" have now been put to the Director of Public Prosecutions and a trial date could not be fixed today.

When asked by Judge Mary Ellen Ring if a trial would be required, barrister Anne Rowland said the DPP has been asked to supply information and if "certain responses are required it may necessitate proceedings elsewhere".

Ms O'Rourke is charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde between 10 March 2011 and 6 June 2011.

She is the first person in the State to be prosecuted under Section 2(2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993.

The case was adjourned to 30 April.

The judge asked that the DPP and defence counsel "sort out matters" by that date, as she was anxious to fix a date for trial as soon as possible.