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Pauline Kilkenny: Joseph Dolan jailed for 'Good Samaritan' killing

Joseph Dolan
Image caption Joseph Dolan had taken prescription drugs before stabbing Pauline Kilkenny 28 times

A man who admitted the manslaughter of a vulnerable woman who had taken him in has been jailed for at least 10 years.

Pauline Kilkenny, who was 59, was stabbed 28 times at her home between Belcoo and Garrison in County Fermanagh in November 2018.

Joseph Dolan suffered from a personality disorder and had taken prescription drugs before killing her.

The case became known as the "Good Samaritan killing", with Dolan saying his victim was "like a mother" to him.

In court, the prosecution described it as a vicious, unprovoked attack on an innocent, vulnerable woman.

Ms Kilkenny's body was found at her home on Cornacully Road by her sister after she failed to turn up for work at a shop in Enniskillen.

She had been stabbed in the head, neck and back, and also suffered head injuries.

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Image caption Pauline Kilkenny was an animal lover who lived in an isolated rural home

Dolan, 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty in December last year to killing Ms Kilkenny.

Speaking after the sentencing on Friday, Det Ch Insp John Caldwell, who led the police investigation, said Ms Kilkenny had shown Dolan "nothing but kindness and friendship during the time he lived in her home".

"She did this out of the goodness of her heart and he repaid her thoughtfulness by murdering her", added the detective.

"My thoughts today go out to Pauline's family who have had to come to terms with her brutal murder and live with the emptiness her death has left in their lives."

Ciaran McQuillan, the head of the Public Prosecution Service's serious crime unit, said Ms Kilkenny was a "good Samaritan who had given Joseph Dolan a home".

"Her kindness makes the brutal attack he subjected her to all the more shocking," he said.

"The PPS serious crime unit worked closely with police and our team of counsel to prepare a robust prosecution case, which resulted in Dolan pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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