A MOTHER of three already serving a life sentence for murder has admitted killing a second man.
Catherine O'Connor (37) pleaded guilty to murdering her neighbour, John Forrester (42), when she was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court.
O'Connor, of Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, murdered the English father of four in Bridge House on November 12, 2011. They each occupied a flat in the house.
Detective Sergeant Fergal Foley told the court that the garda investigation into another murder led to the probe into Mr Forrester's murder, and the discovery of his body on November 15 that year.
The body of the boat-maker was found in the River Bandon trussed up in cable wire and wrapped in carpet; his feet were tied with the belt from the cardigan O'Connor had been wearing, he explained.
The court heard that O'Connor had 55 previous convictions, the most significant dating from July last, when she was found guilty of murdering a man called Jonathan Duke.
The body of Mr Duke (27) was recovered from the River Bandon in November 2011. O'Connor is already serving a life sentence for that murder.
Det Sgt Foley said that on November 13, O'Connor had told the couple living in the house's third flat that she had killed Mr Forrester.
In O'Connor's flat, her grey cardigan was missing its belt - which was discovered around the victim's feet. Mr Forrester's blood was also found on a mobile phone in her flat.
He said that Mr Forrester died of blunt force trauma and asphyxia. He also had a fractured skull, several broken ribs, a broken hip and lacerations to his head and mouth.
He said that a technical examination of the victim's flat showed that blood had been mopped up.
O'Connor's finger print was found in Mr Forrester's blood on a broken Manchester United cup. It was established that the jagged edge of this cup and a broken plate had caused head and face injuries to Mr Forrester.
Det Sgt Foley said that O'Connor was arrested on suspicion of the murder on January 28, 2012 and had been in custody since.
He said that O'Connor had known her victim several years earlier when she lived rough in Cork city.
She had addiction problems and had come to Bandon from rehab. She lived with Mr Forrester in his flat for six weeks before moving upstairs to another flat with a different person.
He said that Mr Forrester was originally from Blackpool in England. He had moved to Ireland in 2006, and to Bandon in 2009. He had three sons and a daughter, and his parents had passed away.
O'Connor apologised to her victim's family through her defence team.
But Mr Forrester's nephew, Jamie Forrester, then entered the witness box to deliver a victim impact statement on behalf of the victim's family.
He said that his uncle had moved to Ireland after the breakdown of his relationship and that his family had spent two years searching for him.
He said the discovery of his body in a river had begun two years of what could only be described as hell.
He said the victim's father had been so consumed with grief that he was unable to fight the cancer with which he was later diagnosed.
He died on July 14 this year.
He described his uncle as one of the kindest people you could wish to meet and said that no sentence imposed would be enough.
"We hope she'll never see the light of day again and be allowed to torture another family like she's tortured ours," he concluded.
Mr Justice Paul Carney then handed down the mandatory life sentence.