Three year suspended sentence for 'compassionate' attempted murder

A 47-year-old Waterford man has received a three year suspended sentence for attempting to murder his elderly mother in a nursing home.

Gerald Vollrath of Tramore Heights, Tramore, held a pillow over his mother Veronica's face while keeping vigil at her bedside in January 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the 83-year-old may already have been dead as the post mortem found no signs of suffocation.

Passing sentence Mr Justice Paul Carney took into consideration that the motivation for the crime was entirely compassionate and in no way malevolent.

Outside court Gerald Vollrath's solicitor Ken Cunningham made a statement on behalf of his client:

"I'd like to thank all of those who have offered the support and encouragement over the past very difficult two years," he said.

"I also wish to thank my family for their unwavering support, sympathy, compassion and love that they have showed me through this very difficult time for all concerned."

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