SCULLY TRIAL Doctor charged with manslaughter of disabled daughter gave her ‘100 per cent plus’ care

By EOIN REYNOLDS

Article Date : 9 Dec 2016

Source : thesun.ie

Bernadette allegedly gave an excessive quantity of the sedative chloral hydrate to her daughterCredit: Court Collins.

A DOCTOR charged with the manslaughter of her disabled daughter gave her “100 per cent plus” care, a nurse has told her trial.

Bernadette Scully, 58, is charged with unlawfully killing daughter Emily Barut, 11, at their home at Tullamore. Co Offaly.

It’s alleged she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of the sedative chloral hydrate on September 15, 2012. Ms Scully has pleaded not guilty.

Noreen Roche, a nurse who works as a consultant in High Court medical cases, told the Central Criminal Court she was asked to assess the level and cost of ongoing care for Emily in 2009.

Her report detailed Emily’s day-to-day life including her exercise regime, medication, difficulties with feeding, sleeping and going to the toilet.

She said that she was dependent on her mother for all aspects of her life and was “severely and profoundly disabled”. Ms Roche said the level of care she received was “100 per cent plus” adding: “She was fully cared for in an exemplary manner.”

In the report, Ms Roche noted Ms Scully was working from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at her practice with no help for administration. She was suffering from back problems.

The report added: “She is 51 and finds it difficult to keep going at this pace.”

Mrs Roche said that she had noted in previous cases with girls suffering from profound disabilities that as they approach puberty their fits become more severe.

She said the unusual fit would tie in with the pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy’s note that Emily showed early signs of entering puberty.

The consultant said: “It is a big consideration to be taken into account.”

The defence has finished giving evidence. Closing statements will begin in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men on Tuesday.

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