Thursday 23 March 2017

Forensic tests key to finding mum's killer

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

DETECTIVES hunting the killer of a mother-of-three expect major developments in the case once forensic test results are available in the next fortnight.

Catherine 'Cathy' Smart was found bludgeoned to death in the kitchen of her home at Bailick Court, Midleton, Co Cork, on Easter Sunday morning.

The 57-year-old was struck from behind on the skull with a hurley and the fatal assault is believed to have occurred between 5am and 9.45am on April 4.

Gardai arrested and questioned a man in his late 40s but later released him without charge. The man was known to Mrs Smart.

Gardai are now awaiting the results of DNA, fingerprint and fibre-analysis tests.

Mrs Smart was buried last Friday. She would have celebrated her 58th birthday tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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