Northern Ireland

Pauline Kilkenny: Man pleads guilty to killing Fermanagh woman

Joseph Dolan

A man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman at her remote home in County Fermanagh last year.

Joseph Dolan, 29, of no fixed abode, had denied murdering 59-year-old Pauline Kilkenny on a date between 6 November and 14 November 2018.

He appeared at Laganside Court in Belfast on Friday where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The plea was accepted by the prosecution.

Attacked at home

Pauline Kilkenny was a keen animal lover who lived at an isolated home on the Cornacully Road between Belcoo and Garrison.

Her body was found by her sister after she failed to turn up for work at a convenience store in Enniskillen.

It is understood she was stabbed more than 30 times in the head, neck and back.

She had also suffered head injuries.

Dolan, who is originally from County Cavan, had been staying at Pauline Kilkenny's home.

He was charged with her murder, as well as stealing her car and falsely implicating another person in the murder and had been due to go on trial next week.

In court on Friday the murder charge was put to Dolan and he replied: "Not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility."

A prosecution lawyer said that the plea was accepted on the basis of psychiatric reports and added that a further report may be required on the question of Dolan's dangerousness.

He had previous 27 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland, including some for violence.

Dolan will be sentenced in the new year.