Thursday 22 February 2018

Three inquiries into court-cell suicide of taxi killer, inquest told

Gareth Naughton

THREE inquiries are taking place into how a man charged with murder took his own life in a holding cell at a courthouse.

The inquest into the death of Shane Rogers (32) opened at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday.

Mr Rogers had been charged with the murder of Crossmaglen GAA player James Hughes a few days before he took his own life late last year.

Mr Hughes was in a taxi with an ex-girlfriend of Mr Rogers, Trish Byrne, in Dundalk, when Mr Rogers opened fire several times with a shotgun. Ms Byrne was injured in the incident.

Mr Rogers presented himself at Carrickmacross garda station after the murder, admitting his involvement and saying that he could not live with himself for doing it.

The inquest was told yesterday that the Inspector of Prisons had launched its own investigation. Garda and internal prison service inquiries are also under way.

Mr Rogers, of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen in Co Monaghan, killed himself shortly after appearing before Cloverhill District Court on December 20 last year.

He had been in prison on remand and was on suicide watch for just over a week.

At around 1.30pm he was found unconscious in a holding cell and taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell gave the cause of death as hanging before adjourning the inquest for further mention on August 20.

Irish Independent

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