Wednesday 23 January 2019

Sienna (5) died after gate fell on her

Sienna Joyce was ‘beautiful, cherished and adored’
Sienna Joyce was ‘beautiful, cherished and adored’

Louise Roseingrave

A five-year-old girl who was trapped under a gate after it collapsed while she was playing with friends died of head injuries, an inquest heard.

Sienna Joyce, from Ashbourne, Co Meath, died on June 27, 2016. Gardaí will submit a file in relation to the child's death to the Director of Public Prosecution within days.

Sienna, who was described at her funeral as "beautiful, cherished and adored" was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Sienna, who had just finished her first year of school, was related to little Logan Joyce (4), who died tragically at the National Aquatic Centre in July 2012.

The little girl had been playing when the gate collapsed on her near her home at The Ward between Finglas and Ashbourne.

Her grandfather David Joyce Senior said he identified his granddaughter to Sergeant Peter Hayde of Finglas garda station in hospital at 10pm that day.

Sgt Hayde said he remained at Temple Street Children's Hospital and spent some time with the family, including the child's father, David Joyce.

"He was clearly very distraught at the passing of his daughter," Sgt Hayde said. A post-mortem examination conducted by pathologist Dr Deirdre Devaney gave the cause of death as severe head injuries.

Inspector Seamus D'Alton of Store Street garda station appeared on behalf of gardaí in Ashbourne seeking a six-month adjournment.

"The investigation file is nearly completed and will be submitted in the coming days," Insp D'Alton said.

The inquest was adjourned for further mention at Dublin Coroner's Court on June 14.

Irish Independent

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