A TEENAGER has been jailed for life for the murder of 19-year-old Rebecca Kinsella in her Kildare home last year.
The 17-year-old , who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering Ms Kinsella at her home in Grattan Court, Celbridge, on Jamuary 24, 2006. Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed the mandatory life sentence on the youth and backdated it to the date of the murder.
He ordered that he stay in St Patrick's Institution until he reached 21 years of age, when he would be transferred to Mountjoy Prison to carry out the remainder of his sentence.
Flanked by his parents, the youth kept his head down and cried as details of the horrific event were read out.
Det Sgt Ashley O'Sullivan told prosecuting counsel Patrick J McCarthy that in interviews with gardai the boy said he "didn't mean to kill her".
He told gardai he picked up the baseball bat "and couldn't stop". He didn't know how many times he stabbed her.
Later, he was sorry for what he'd done and was "sad", he said.
Det Sgt O'Sullivan said that Ms Kinsella was beaten to death "in a very serious and vicious manner" with a baseball bat and stabbed with two kitchen knives.
Post-mortem results showed that she was stabbed 51 times and suffered multiple blunt-force trauma to the head, trunk and limbs.
The first-year DIT fine arts student was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack.