Grandmother who died of brain injury 'might have been struck'
A grandmother who gardaí believe was assaulted at her home died due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Mother-of-three Carol McAuley from Ballybough Road, Dublin 3, suffered a catastrophic brain injury and died on August 21, 2014. Dublin Coroner's Court heard that she died as a result of a subdural haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigating gardaí found 'huge inconsistencies and mistruths' among statements collected in the homicide investigation that followed her death. Detective Inspector Francis Sweeney of Mountjoy Garda Station said there were inconsistencies in statements from those in the flat emergency services were called to on July 25, 2014. Pressed by relatives in the public gallery about what could be done about the inconsistencies, Det Insp Sweeney said: "It is highly unlikely they will change their story."
State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy said the deceased was vulnerable because she had cirrhosis of the liver and that was a contributory factor in her death.
There were a number of possible causes for the brain injury: "It could have been caused by an assault, a blow to the face, she could have been gripped, grabbed or pushed. Equally, due to drinking, she could have fallen," Prof Cassidy said. The jury returned an open verdict. The Garda file into Ms McAuley's death remains open.