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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Ex-gardai are quizzed over baby murder

Ken Foy

Published 12/04/2014 | 16:19

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Cynthia Owen, mother of murdered, Noleen, pictured after a press conference looking for an independent inquiry into garda handling of the case, 41 years after she died. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 4/4/2014
Cynthia Owen gave birth at age of 11

Two retired gardai were among a number of people who have been re-interviewed by detectives investigating the death of a baby girl who was murdered shortly after she was born 41 years ago.

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The shocking killing is known as the Dalkey 'House of Horrors' case in which Noleen Murphy was stabbed to death.

The top-secret interviews happened during the week at Dun Laoghaire garda station and apart from the two retired officers, a number of other people described as "witnesses" were also quizzed.

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Each witness met investigating gardai at the station by appointment.

A source told the Herald: "The investigation into this murder is very much ongoing despite the stretch of time involved.

"These interviews happened during the week so that gardai could have a fresh look at all the evidence in the case and more interviews will take place in the coming weeks."

The child's mother, Cynthia Owen, gave birth to the girl at the age of 11 after years of abuse at the hands of her father, Peter Murphy, and a paedophile ring in south Dublin.

Noleen's body was found wrapped in newspaper in a green plastic bag at Lee's Lane in Dun Laoghaire on April 4, 1973. The newborn had been stabbed almost 40 times.

An inquest in 2007 identified the child as that of Ms Owen -- formerly Sindy Murphy -- of White's Villas in Dalkey.

It heard that Ms Owen's mother Josie Murphy stabbed the baby with knitting needles after she was born in an upstairs bedroom.

Ms Owen was repeatedly raped by her father and, she alleges, sold for sex to men. Both her parents are deceased.

At a press conference last week on the 41st anniversary of the birth and murder of her daughter, Ms Owen (52) said she had been in "personal correspondence" with Enda Kenny before he became Taoiseach in 2011, while Alan Shatter had been her lawyer for four years on this case.

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She said: "The Taoiseach and Minister Shatter both know I was sexually abused by a local paedophile ring in Dalkey.

"They both know I was made pregnant from that abuse at the ages of 10 and 13 and that my daughter, Noleen, was murdered to cover up that abuse."

She also asked gardai to exhume the infant's remains from a communal grave at Glasnevin Cemetery.

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