I STABBED GRAN IN NECK BECAUSE GOD TOLD ME TO; Devoted grandson found not guilty of knife attack by reason of insanity.
Byline: EOIN REYNOLDS
A SCHIZOPHRENIC stabbed his 88-year-old granny in the neck because God told him to do it, a court heard yesterday.
Eoghan O'Mahoney, who also believed he was God's son, was found not guilty of the attempted murder of his gran Catherine McGillion on December 19, 2013, by reason of insanity.
The Central Criminal Court jury took about 30 minutes to reach its decision, having been told by prosecuting counsel Pat McGrath, SC, the insanity plea was not contested.
Mr McGrath read a statement by Mrs McGillion, in which she described the close relationship she had with her 34-year-old grandson and insisted the attack was totally out of character.
She said she is proud of Eoghan, from Craigford Drive in Killester, North Dublin, adding he is the cleverest of her grandkids and had always been good at school.
The pensioner was aware he had some mental health issues but insisted he had always been good and kind to her.
She said they had grown even closer when her daughter, Eoghan's mother, died and would go to Mass together every week and travel to town. The pair lived just a few doors away from one another and on the day of the attack she was making lunch for the two of them, as was their daily routine.
When O'Mahoney arrived for lunch he did not speak but took a knife out of one of her drawers and used it to play with her hair before grabbing her hand.
In the struggle she fell to the ground.
Mrs McGillion told the court: "He kicked me four or five times and he cut the left side of my neck. There was blood everywhere."
The attack continued until O'Mahoney's brother Conor arrived, took the knife from him, put him in a separate room and called emergency services.
Mr O'Mahoney said the death of their mother had been a "heartbreaking blow" for his brother and that his grandmother had taken her place in his eyes from that time.
Defence counsel Sean Gillane said: "What you see is the horror of mental illness."
The jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.
O'Mahoney will return to court for further assessment on November 16.
"He cut the left side of my neck. There was blood everywhere CATHERINE MCGILLION ON GRANDSON*X27;S ATTACK
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