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Woman charged with assisting suicide faces further wait for trial

Gail O’Rorke is the first person in the State to be charged with the offence.

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Updated 11.52 am

THE TRIAL OF a woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman in Dublin four years ago has been adjourned.

Gail O’Rorke is accused of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde between March 2011 and 6 June 2011.

O’Rorke, from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght, is the first person in the State to be charged with the offence which carries a sentence upon conviction of up to 14 years in jail.

She is charged under Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 with the trial set to begin this morning at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The case was last heard in court almost a year ago after a lengthy period of discovery. It was due to begin today but has now been put back until a later date.

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The trial is expected to take up to two weeks.

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