Thursday 22 March 2018

Parents of daughter who was strangled will 'never recover'

Natalie McGuinness
Natalie McGuinness

Alison O'Riordan

The parents of a 23-year-old Sligo woman who was strangled by her boyfriend have said they will never recover from her loss.

Oisin Conroy (34), with an address at St Joseph's Terrace, Boyle, Co Roscommon, was charged with murdering Natalie McGuinness at The Mews, Mail Coach Road, in Sligo, on October 28, 2015.

Mr Conroy was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was committed to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) yesterday.

During his trial, the court heard that Mr Conroy "believed he was in the Matrix" and strangled Ms McGuinness to death in order to save her.

Yesterday, prosecution counsel Ms Tara Burns SC read a victim impact statement written by Natalie's mother, Catherine McGuinness, on behalf of both parents. The court heard that October 28, 2015, was the day the McGuinness family's "lives stopped being normal".

Mrs McGuinness said they feel "emotionally battered and bruised as parents" and they can no longer live "an ordinary life".

"A parent should never have to receive the devastating news that their child has died whatever the circumstances, but we can never forget what was inflicted upon our beautiful daughter Natalie before her young sweet life came to an end," she said.

"Our hearts suffer from the deepest wounds from which they will never recover."

Mr Justice Tony Hunt made an order committing Mr Conroy to the CMH for inpatient care.

Irish Independent

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