A woman from Dublin, Ireland is charged with assisting the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer in 2011.
Bernadette Forde, 51, of Morehampton Mews, in Dublin 4, was in the last stages of multiple sclerosis when she was found dead at her apartment two years ago, Irish Independent reported. The investigation into what caused her death has been postponed.
Gail O’Rorke, 42, of Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght appeared at the Dublin District Court Wednesday morning.
Judge Michael Walsh charged O’Rorke under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 with aiding and abeting or counseling or procuring the suicide of Forde between March 10 and June 6, 2011, according to The Irish Times. She pleaded “not guilty.”
Detective Sergeant James Byrne told Judge Walsh at Dublin District Court that O'Rorke was detained at Donnybrook Garda Station Wednesday morning.
Judge Walsh was told by state attorney Ronan O'Brien that the DPP has directed that the 42-year-old woman is to face “trial on indictment,” the book of evidence had already been completed and could be served on her.
O’Rorke was sent forward for trial by jury at the Circuit Criminal Court beginning Dec 13.
Prosecutors did not object to bail, which could be set at about $134.
Defense attorney Dara Robinson’s request to grant legal aid to O’Rorke was approved by Judge Walsh. She was then remanded on bail.
In Ireland, helping another person take their own life is a felony, according to TheJournal.ie. Section 2 (2) of the Act says that a person who aids, abets, or procures the suicide of another person, or the attempt by another person to end their own life, can face up to fourteen years in prison.