Wednesday 22 January 2020

Stab wound killed Toyosi, inquest told

Georgina O'Halloran

A 15-YEAR-OLD schoolboy died from a stab-wound to the chest, a post-mortem by the state pathologist confirmed yesterday.

Toyosi Shittabey (15) was returning home from the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin, with friends on the night of April 2 when the fatal stabbing took place.

A coroner deplored the level of violence in Irish society as he yesterday adjourned six separate hearings into violent deaths, including five shootings.

Toyosi, of the Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrellstown, was a third-year student at Hartstown Community School.

His grieving parents, Segun and Bola, were accompanied by up to seven friends at the opening of an inquest into their son's death at Dublin County Coroner's Court, Tallaght, yesterday. Toyosi's mother, Bola -- who had identified the body of her son at James Connolly Memorial Hospital -- was visibly upset during the hearing and was unable to read her statement in the witness box. Garda Inspector Kieran McEneaney told the coroner, Dr Kieran Geraghty, that criminal proceedings had been instituted and a person had been charged.

Gda Insp McEneaney added that inquiries were ongoing.

"This is a very tragic case. Toyosi was only a young boy. I want to extend my sympathies to his parents and to his family," said Dr Geraghty as he adjourned the hearing.

Speaking outside the court after the hearing, Toyosi's mother said she was not coping well.

"Since my son is dead -- I'm not ok," said a tearful Bola.

Meanwhile Dr Geraghty said it was "hard to understand how it can continue like this" as he adjourned an inquest into the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old.

Jason Egan was shot as was locking up his Centrepoint shop at Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin, on the evening of October 23, 2009.

Gda Insp McEneaney said garda inquiries into that case were also ongoing. Dr Geraghty adjourned the inquest until a date in May 2011.

Four other shootings were adjourned by the coroner yesterday due to ongoing investigations.

Irish Independent

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