Date now set for Evelyn Joel trial

THE TRIAL of two people charged in connection with the death of a mother of two who died after being severely malnourished and dehydrated has been set for hearing in October.

Eleanor Joel and her partner John Costen, of 37 Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, have pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment and manslaugher of Eleanor's mother Evelyn Joel between December 1, 2005, and January 7, 2006.

When the case came before Wexford Circuit Criminal Court last Wednesday, Defence Counsel James Browne said that a directive had been given in the Supreme Court for the HSE to disclose all documents relevant to the trial. Mr. Browne said the accused had received a certain number of documents which are relevant to the case, but there still remained some difficulty regarding the decision of the Supreme Court, and the documents that should be released. He believed some were still outstanding, and sought clarification. However, Prosecutinng Counsel Justin Dillon believed all documents which were the subject of the Supreme Court order have already been handed over.

While it was accepted that further clarification may be needed, Judge Alice Doyle set October 18 next as the date for the trial to commence.

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