Saturday 23 September 2017

Girl (12) strangled to death, inquest told

Georgina O'Halloran

A 12-year-old girl whose body was found near the Royal Canal in August died of asphyxia due to strangulation, an inquest heard yesterday.

The body of Michaela Davis of The Village, Porterstown, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, was found on the banks of the Royal Canal close to her home on August 28 last.

Her grieving father Brendan Davis attended the opening of an inquest into his daughter's death at Dublin County Coroner's Court, Tallaght.

Earlier this year, 18-year-old Jonathan Byrne, of Lohunda Downs in Clonsilla, was charged with the murder of the deceased.

Detective Inspector Colm Fox told coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty that the criminal investigation was before the courts and a Book of Evidence would be served on December 7. There would be a trial, he said.

Det Insp Fox, based at Blanchardstown garda station, applied for an adjournment of the inquest into her death.

Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty granted the application until the completion of criminal proceedings.

Irish Independent

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