A 47-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder after she stabbed her partner to death during a drunken row over six years ago.

Paula Farrell, of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda, had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the manslaughter of Wayne McQuillan at her home on New Year's Day 2014.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott sentenced her to the mandatory term of life in prison.

Farrell had been in a relationship with Mr McQuillan for a year when she killed him.

The couple were drinking together on New Year's Eve at her home in Rathmullan Park in Drogheda when a row broke out.

Farrell picked the biggest knife from a knife block in the kitchen and stabbed the 30-year-old four times with it.

Mr McQuillan collapsed outside the house.

Farrell told onlookers not to call an ambulance and he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

She claimed during the trial that Mr McQuillan had sexually assaulted and began to strangle her with his hands when she refused to have sex with him.

However, the prosecution called this an outrageous lie told against a man who was now dead and could not give any alternative account of events.

Farrell made this allegation 16 months after the murder, having previously told gardaí that nothing sexual happened between them that night.

She admitted manslaughter, but the jury this afternoon found her guilty of murder.

It is the third time she has been tried for the crime and the second time she has been convicted.

Mr McQuillan's family said afterwards they will be haunted forever to think that he was killed by someone who should have loved and protected him.

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