A 48-year-old woman who was found guilty of the murder of her former husband in Co Cork two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Rita O'Driscoll of Bridge Street, Bandon, Co Cork, was found guilty of murdering 44-year-old Timmy Foley at  Dan Corkery Place in Macroom on 8 October 2018.

The jury of seven women and five men took six hours and 17 minutes to deliver their unanimous verdict shortly before 12.30pm at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork.

O'Driscoll was found not guilty on the charge of causing serious harm to Timmy Foley's brother, Jason Foley.

The family of Mr Foley, who died after he was stabbed 28 times, have said they are "scarred for life" by the "inhumane" actions of his ex-wife.

When the mandatory life sentence was imposed by Justice Eileen Creedon, O'Driscoll's family members became emotional and cried.

The family of Timmy Foley said that they were glad to see justice for their loved one even if it would not bring him back.

In a victim impact statement read out in court by Detective Sergeant Derek Mulcahy, the family thanked gardaí, the emergency services, the pathologist, the judge and jury, the priest who administered at the scene, and the lady who took a panic button call from Jason Foley on the night of the murder.

They said that they were "heartbroken" as a family.

They said: "On the morning of 8 October 2018 our lives changed forever to wake up to the news that our beloved brother Timmy was brutally murdered. As a family we have been scarred for life. Our elderly father cannot accept how his son was taken in such a cruel way.

"We could have been saved all of the agony, all of the suffering and heartache if she (Rita) had just held her hands up to begin with rather than pulling our family through the courts and to hear how he died in such an inhumane way.

"It took two long years for us to get justice, but no matter what the sentence we will never have closure. Timmy can finally rest in peace. Always loved and never forgotten by your heartbroken family."

Whilst imposing the mandatory life sentence, Justice Creedon extended her deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the late Mr Foley.

After the case ended Breda O'Driscoll, sister of Rita, said there was "no justice for victims of domestic violence".