Remains of fraudster Julia Homes cremated

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Cremated: Julia Holmes
The remains of the notorious conwoman known as Julia Holmes were cremated this Friday, almost three weeks after she was found dead alongside her former partner in a farmhouse near Askeaton.

The remains of the notorious conwoman known as Julia Holmes were cremated this Friday, almost three weeks after she was found dead alongside her former partner in a farmhouse near Askeaton.

The body of the 63-year-old was taken from the morgue at Limerick University hospital to the Ringaskiddy crematorium in Co Cork this Friday morning.

It comes just two days after the funeral of her partner, Thomas Ruttle, who was buried in his native Askeaton on Wednesday. Over 150 people attended his funeral in the St Mary’s Church of Ireland in the West Limerick town.

Ms Holmes, who was born Cecilia Julia McKitterick in Northern Ireland in 1952, was convicted on several counts of fraud in the United States and Northern Ireland before settling in Askeaton with Mr Ruttle around 2011.

In the early hours of Monday, May 18, three men who were broke into the house in Boolaglass discovered the two badly decomposed bodies in a bedroom.

The cause of death has still not been confirmed but it is believed that they died from a combination of poison and carbon monoxide.

The cremation brings to an end to several weeks of uncertainly about what would happen to Ms Holmes’ remains.

Following confirmation of her identity in the days after the grim discovery, family members in Northern Ireland were contacted but none of them were willing to claim the body.