Inquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partner

first_imgNewsInquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partnerBy Staff Reporter – April 25, 2016 818 Limerick inquest told of suicide pact as past caught up with fraudster RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Facebook 2016 Limerick women in business award winners named Hi-Way Bar Limerick operators win court battle to stay trading A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guises Print TAGSfetauredJulia HolmesKimerickthomas ruttle Horrific Limerick nightmare draws to a close for those left behind Twitter Thomas Ruttle is laid to rest WhatsApp Previous articleOn the reel: visual arts in LimerickNext articleTesco ballot Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Senior Limerick Garda nominated for LGBT equality award A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guisesDETAILS of the mysterious deaths of serial con-woman Julia Holmes and her Limerick partner Thomas Ruttle are expected to emerge at an inquest in Newcastle West this Monday.Julia Holmes, who adopted a number of aliases in the course of her life, died alongside Limerick bee-keeper Thomas Ruttle at his family home at Boolaglass outside Askeaton on May 18, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Their badly decomposed bodies were found by burglars who had broken in to the house which they believed was abandoned.Thomas Ruttle (56) and Julia Holmes or Julia McKitterick, (63) had not been seen for a number of weeks prior to the grim discovery. Pressure had been mounting on Ms Holmes who was being sought by police after a number of her cons were exposed.The PSNI from Northern Ireland were looking to arrest her after she failed to turn up at a court hearing over an £18,000 theft allegation.A native of Tyrone, Ms Holmes abandoned her young son when she emigrated to Canada and the US where she was jailed over $500,000 fraud. She had been married to a Texan business man despite being still married to her first husband in Northern Ireland.She was also accused of fraudulent activity in Australia before she linked up with Thomas Ruttle, a well respected and unsuspecting farmer from County LimerickWhen they moved into the roadside farm property at Boolaglass, Ms Holmes failed to pay a local builder €50,000 for extensive renovations on the two storey house.Thomas Ruttle was buried at the family plot in Askeaton but his partner’s body was cremated in Cork after it remained unclaimed for a number of weeks.Next Monday afternoon, the final chapter in Julia Holmes’ remarkable life will be heard at the inquest into the couple’s deaths.Statements had been taken from the men convicted of the burglary at Boolaglass but it is unlikely that they will be called to give evidence of their shocking discovery.The burglars contacted Gardaí after they found the bodies so as to distance themselves from the deaths.Deputy Coroner for West Limerick Antoinette Simon BL, will preside over the inquest which is to be held at Newcastle West courthouse.State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy is expected to give evidence as well as a number of Gardaí who were dispatched to the scene. Advertisementlast_img read more

Big guns head for Ireland

first_img But the addition of Kaymer and Donald means the tournament will feature five players who have been world number one – McIlroy, Donald, Kaymer, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood – and eight major champions in McIlroy, Els, Kaymer, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie and Jose Maria Olazabal. Ryder Cup captain Clarke said: “Rory has pulled in a lot of favours and it’s a testament to the high esteem Rory is held that it’s going to be the strongest field for a long time. “It’s a huge positive for the European Tour to have such a tournament on one of the best golf courses in the world. “I have always wanted to win the Irish Open but have not managed to play well in it that often. Hopefully being back at Royal County Down I will have a decent week this year.” Donald, who last played in the Irish Open in 2004, said: “My performances and results have been getting better and better recently and I am feeling very positive about a huge summer of golf ahead. “The Irish Open will be a big part of that and I am looking forward to playing Royal County Down and some really ‘old school’ links golf – I think the links golf factor will add a lot to the event and it’s looking like it’s going to be a great week.” Kaymer added: “There is definitely a good feeling about this year’s Irish Open and I think Rory has done a great job to get such a great field for the event and to create a really nice atmosphere about the tournament.” The nature of the course means that spectator numbers will be limited to 20,000 a day, although 5,000 grandstand seats will be erected. Press Association Rory McIlroy’s powers of persuasion have resulted in US Open champion Martin Kaymer, former world number one Luke Donald and American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed in confirming their participation in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. center_img McIlroy’s foundation is hosting the event at Royal County Down from May 28-31 and the world number one has been a major influence in attracting a top-class field, who will compete for a prize fund of 2.5million euro (£1.8million), an increase of 25 per cent from last year. Reed let the cat out of the bag on the final day of the Masters at Augusta National, also revealing he would compete in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth the week before. last_img read more