Monday 22 January 2018

Dead woman's mother tells inquest she will 'get justice one way or another'

Bernadette Cash pictured on her wedding day
Bernadette Cash pictured on her wedding day
The scene where the body of Bernadette Cash was found in October 2013
Funeral of Bernadette Cash in Gorey

Gareth Naughton

The mother of a young woman who was found dead from head injuries received at a Hallowe'en party warned that she would “get justice one way or the other” at Dublin Coroner’s Court.

Bridget O’Brien was addressing the Dublin coroner as gardaí sought a further adjournment of the inquest into the death of her daughter Bernadette Cash whose body was found at her home at Warrenstown Walk, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, on October 31 last year.

The 20-year-old mother of one, who was a member of the Travelling community, was discovered by paramedics at the house in mid-morning. She had been dead for several hours. Gardaí believe that she may have been attacked during a party.

Deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis has given the cause of death as head injuries.

The inquest into Ms Cash’s death was opened and adjourned by Dublin coroner Dr Brian Farrell in January to allow gardaí continue their investigation. Updating him on the progress of the investigation, Detective Inspector Colm Murphy requested a further adjournment of the inquest saying that inquiries are still “ongoing”.

Speaking from the body of the court, Mrs O’Brien expressed her frustration at the delay telling the coroner that she would “take to murder” herself.

“I am going to get justice one way or the other,” she said, before walking out.

At the opening of the inquest in January, Mrs O’Brien had asked the coroner: “Why are her killers walking free? Why are they walking the streets?”

Det Insp Murphy told the coroner that there have been a number of arrests made in the investigation and a file is being prepared for the director of public prosecutions but the family are “frustrated” that it is taking so long. “They want justice,” he said.

The inquest was adjourned for further mention on December 1.

Irish Independent

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