A man killed by his wife received a "rapidly fatal wound" when she stabbed him in the chest, a jury has heard.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster gave evidence today in the trial of Sarah Doyle, who is accused of the murder of Philip Doyle by allegedly stabbing him twice with a knife.
The incident happened during the early hours of 26 January 2020 at their home, after Sarah Doyle and her mother-in-law Jackie Doyle came home from a night out in Gorey, Co Wexford.
Doyle, 32, from The Heath, Ramsgate, Gorey, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Philip Doyle, who was 33 when he died.
Ms Bolster told the Central Criminal Court sitting in Waterford that she conducted her examination on the deceased the day following the stabbing, having been briefed that there had been an altercation at the family's home where Philip Doyle "tried to physically remove" Sarah Doyle from the upstairs of the house following an incident with his mother.
Ms Bolster was told that he was stabbed twice during the incident in the hallway before collapsing in the garden.
Detailing his injuries, she said the first stab wound penetrated 16.5cm into his chest, cutting into the membranous sac around his heart and his right ventricle.
This resulted in his death as a result of hemorrhage, shock and blood filling the left lung and the membranous sac around his heart. It further caused a "total collapse" of the left lung.
A second stab wound penetrated his liver along with a "fracture of the rib from a clean cut".
The kitchen knife measured 19.5cm in length and had a blunt upper edge and a sharp lower edge, which matched the two wounds inflicted on Philip Doyle.
Family members left the courtroom crying after the weapon was presented as an exhibit to the jury.
Blood tests found traces of alcohol in Mr Doyle's body but no traces of drugs.
The jury heard from interviews conducted by detectives the day following the incident with Sarah Doyle, where she told them that she loved Philip.
She told gardaí "I'm going to get sick" before breaking from the interview.
When she returned, she said Philip Doyle had "dragged" her down the stairs by her hair when trying to remove her from the house.
Detectives Jacinta Gordon and Darren Coleman had noted in the interview that she had been photographed by garda colleagues at the station earlier with bruises on her nose and arm.
The accused said her late husband had been violent towards her and had "punched" her in the face during the incident.
The couple had moved to Gorey seven months earlier with their two toddler sons, having originally come from Bray in Co Wicklow. Philip's seven-year-old daughter was also in the house on the night of the incident.
The trial continues.