Saturday 19 April 2014

Plumber remanded following poisoning of woman in hotel

Richard Davis is charged with manslaughter over the death of Miriam Reidy (inset)

A PLUMBER and his heating firm have been remanded to the Circuit Criminal Court on manslaughter charges after the death of a woman from carbon-monoxide poisoning in a top Irish hotel.

Richard Davis (45) is charged with manslaughter over the death of Miriam Reidy (35) who was discovered lying unconscious in her Trident Hotel bedroom in Kinsale, Co Cork on January 9 2011.

Ms Reidy, a Tralee based bank worker originally from Ballyhahill, Co Limerick, was in the seaside town attending a hen party for a cousin that weekend.

A Cork coroner’s inquest into her death heard that, when she was discovered in Room 113, she had a 57pc blood saturation rate for carbon-monoxide, far into the fatal range which extends from 40pc-50pc.

Davis of Killanully, Ballygarvan, Co Cork is charged with the manslaughter of Ms Reidy.

As a director of Davis Heating and Plumbing Contractors Ltd he also faces two further charges brought under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (2005).

These allege that, around January 4 2011, he failed to properly manage the conversion of a Worcester Bosch Greenstar boiler at the Trident Hotel for use with liquid petroleum gas.

The charges allege that "individuals at their place of work...were exposed to risks to their safety, health and welfare" and that, as a result, Ms Reidy suffered injury and died.

Davis Heating and Plumbing Contractors Ltd of Unit 9, Portside, Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park Road, Cork also faces two charges.

These are similar to other two Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (2005) charges brought against Davis as a director of the same firm.

Judge James McNulty was told today (Thursday) by John Brosnan, for the State, that the book of evidence in the case, which is quite substantial, has now been served on the defendant by Gardai.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has instructed that all the charges against the plumber and his firm be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury.

Davis, who was making his third court appearance, was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the October 30 sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

However, any trial is unlikely to take place before 2014.

Ms Reidy died shortly after being discovered lying unconscious in her Trident Hotel bedroom on the morning of January 9 2011.

She was discovered in the bedroom alongside her sister, Patricia (37), after fellow party-goers became concerned about the welfare of the two sisters after they failed to arrive down for breakfast as planned.

Ms Reidy, who was from Limerick but was living at Sunday’s Well, Lisloose, Tralee, Co Kerry where she worked in an AIB branch, was part of a group of 25 friends attending a weekend hen party for her cousin Marie Reidy when the tragedy occurred.




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