Tuesday 16 January 2018

No prosecutions in drug death of mum-to-be

Georgina O'Halloran and Colin Gleeson

THERE will be no prosecutions over the death of a heavily pregnant woman who snorted cocaine which killed her and her unborn baby.

Lisa Hart (32) of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital on March 16, 2008.

Her unborn son -- Elton as the family later named him -- was at 32 weeks' gestation when he died.

Their deaths were due to cocaine toxicity, an earlier hearing of the inquest was told in December.

Dr Michael Curtis, deputy State pathologist, carried out an autopsy on March 18.

"The cause of death was cocaine toxicity, and in relation to the baby, Elton Hart, a post mortem carried out on the same date shows intrauterine death at gestation of 32 weeks," Dublin City Coroner Brian Farrell said, reading from the report.

Mr Farrell said he did not want to say any more and would "go into these matters further" when the inquest was held.

Garda Inspector Pat Leahy from Coolock Garda Station had previously requested an adjournment, telling the court there was an investigation and a file with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the time.

Yesterday, however, he told the inquest that the DPP had informed him there would be no prosecution. The garda investigation was in relation to a "supply issue".

Ms Hart collapsed at her home where she lived with her long-term partner Elton Moran, her nine-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

Her uncle Patrick Brennan told the Coroner's Court in December that he formally identified her body to a garda at Beaumont Hospital on March 16 last year.

Ms Hart is survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Mr Farrell set a date in April for a full hearing into the tragedy.

Irish Independent

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