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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Woman shot in head had to be identified using her DNA - inquest

Gareth Naughton

Published 29/05/2014 | 14:43

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Gardai taking body of Mary Dargan (inset) from scene of shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Gardai taking body of Mary Dargan (inset) from scene of shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Mary Dargan’s body is removed from the scene of the shooting. Caroline Quinn
The hearse with the remains of Mary Dargan pictured arriving at The Sacret Heart Church, Killinarden, Tallaght today.
The hearse with the remains of Mary Dargan pictured arriving at The Sacret Heart Church, Killinarden, Tallaght

A woman who died from a gunshot to the head had to be identified using her DNA, an inquest has heard.

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Mary Dargan (66), died following the attack at her home on the Killinarden estate in Tallaght, Dublin 24, on March 15 this year. Many of Mrs Dargan’s family were present at the time and her daughter Karina Dargan was also injured in the attack.

A neighbour, James Redmond (58), has been charged with murder and attempted murder in relation to the incident.

At the opening of the inquest into Mrs Dargan’s death, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that it had not been possible to carry out a standard identification of the body. Her identity was confirmed by Dr Hilary Clarke, forensic scientist at the state laboratory, using DNA sampling.

The postmortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that in her preliminary report she has given the cause of death as "a laceration of the upper cervical spinal cord due to a gunshot wound".

Detective Inspector John Walsh confirmed that a person is currently before the courts facing charges and requested that the inquest be adjourned without a date to allow criminal proceedings to take place.

Mrs Dargan’s children were present in court for the opening of the inquest. Dr Farrell told the family that he was not able to comment on the circumstances of the death because it is currently before the courts. The inquest was adjourned until the criminal trial has been completed.

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