Sunday 19 November 2017

'Blunt force trauma' caused mum's death


THE STATE PATHOLOGIST Professor Marie Cassidy told an inquest into the death of Wexford mother Rebecca French that the 30-year old mother-of-two died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Ms. French's body was found in the boot of her burnt-out car near the Ballindinas roundabout on October 9, 2009, in a tragedy that shocked Wexford.

Last year, in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, four men were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for disposing of and attempting to destroy her body.

No-one has been convicted of her murder though the State believes she was beaten to death in a house at Ard na Dara, Clonard, before being tied up in the boot of her car which was then set alight.

In passing sentence last December, Mr. Justice Barry told the four defendants that they showed no respect for Rebecca French after she died and said they disposed of her body in a manner 'not befitting an animal'.

An inquest into Rebecca's death was opened and adjourned at the Talbot Hotel in Wexford last Thursday.

Coroner Mr. Jimmy Murphy said the inquest was being adjourned as there was a further case pending in the matter, referring to a forthcoming prosecution against a female defendant.

Professor Cassidy, who carried out a post-mortem on the body on October 10, 2009, said she conducted a full external and internal examination.

She concluded that Ms. French died from blunt force trauma to the head and gave no further details of her injuries.

The Coroner said he proposed to record a cause of death in accordance with the medical evidence. The jury concurred with his decision.

Mr. Murphy joined with Inspector Pat McDonald and the jury foreman Des Lett in extending sincere sympathy to Ms. French's family, who were present at the inquest.

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