Trial date set for woman in assisted suicide case

Wednesday 30 April 2014 21.50
Gail O'Rorke is charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde
Gail O'Rorke is charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde

A Dublin woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman will go on trial in April next year.

Gail O'Rorke, 42, of Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght is charged at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde between 10 March and 6 June, 2011.

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

Last month, it emerged that her defence team has sought details from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to why a case is being taken.

Anne Rowland BL, defending, said on 23 March that the DPP had been asked to supply "criteria" for prosecution and that depending on the response, it may be necessary to start proceedings elsewhere.

Ms Rowland said she has received eight volumes of disclosure relating to the case.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring had adjourned the matter to today, adding that a trial date should be set as soon as possible.

Judge Ring today set a trial date for 13 April, 2015.

The trial is scheduled to last for two to three weeks.

The accused must appear before the court on 13 March, 2015 for a pre-trial hearing.