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Sunday 28 May 2017

Woman who saw her partner killed fears telling son

Natasha Reid

A WOMAN who saw her partner killed in front of her has told a court her biggest fear is telling their young son what happened to his daddy.

Alison Colgan was seven months' pregnant when her partner James Joyce was stabbed to death.

Daniel McCormack (23), of Kenure Park, Rush, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Joyce (20) near his home at St Cronan's Close, Swords, Dublin, on July 22, 2010.

McCormack had pleaded guilty to his manslaughter but this plea was not accepted by the State and he went on trial for murder in October.

A jury acquitted him of murdering Mr Joyce but convicted him of manslaughter.

A victim impact statement was read to the Central Criminal Court yesterday by Mr Joyce's first cousin, Melissa Crosby.

In it, Ms Colgan wrote: "I saw the love of my life get killed in front of me."

She said that their son became sick when he was only six weeks old and she was told that he was going to die.

"I had to go through that on my own," she said.

"James has missed his first smile, his first words, his first steps," she said.

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She added that Mr Joyce was looking forward to becoming a father, picking out baby names and choosing a buggy.

Referring to her son, she added: "My biggest fear is telling him what happened to his daddy."

Meanwhile, Mr Joyce's parents, Patrick and Ros Joyce, wrote that the death of their son had "pulled the Joyce family apart".

They said their son was "kind, generous, lovable", and had been a "loving son, brother, partner and soon-to-be father".

"We can't physically get out of bed," they said of their grief. "Some days I don't want to live."

Detective Garda James Tracey told yesterday's hearing that McCormack stabbed an innocent Mr Joyce three times after arming himself with two knives as protection from another man.

This other man had travelled from Meath to beat McCormack but, failing to find him, had beaten McCormack's friend instead.

The defendant told gardai that when he heard this, he got two knives and went to the scene, planning to collect his injured friend. However he met Mr Joyce instead.

Mr Justice Paul Carney adjourned sentencing until tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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