Thursday 12 December 2019

Evelyn Joel appeal will be heard next month

Eleanor Joel
Eleanor Joel
jonathan costen

By Brendan Furlong

Eleanor Joel and her partner Jonathan Costen are to appeal their sentencing having been found guilty of the unlawful killing of Eleanor's mother, Evelyn Joel, in January 2006.

The jury, following four hours of deliberation, at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court, in March 2013, returned a majority 11-1 verdict on the charge of unlawful killing through neglect against both defendants.

The trial before a jury of 7 men and 5 women had heard from prosecuting counsel, Justin Dillon, that central to the case was that Evelyn Joel suffered from multiple sclerosis.

Evelyn Joel's daughter, Eleanor (41) and her partner Jonathan Costen (43) with last addresses at Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Evelyn by neglect in County Wexford in January 2006.

Having been found guilty they were given a two year suspended sentence on condition they carry out 230 hours of community service.

The pair are appealing their sentencing to the Appeals Court with the appeal due for hearing on April 28-29.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is also appealing their sentences on grounds that they were unduly lenient.

Wexford People

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