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Sunday 17 November 2019

Man (34) charged with the murder of mother

Tom Brady Security Editor

A MAN will appear in court today charged with the murder of mother-of-three Jacqueline McDonagh.

The special court sitting will be held in Dundalk.

The 34-year-old man was charged after gardai questioned him at Dundalk garda station throughout the day.

He was detained after turning up voluntarily accompanied by his solicitor at Store Street station in central Dublin on Thursday evening.

Officers arrested him and he was taken to Dundalk, where the dead woman was found early on Wednesday morning.

Gardai had been working on the basis that Mrs McDonagh (34) knew her killer.

Her body was discovered on the floor of a downstairs room at her home after her family alerted the gardai and other emergency services around 3am on Wednesday.

Officers arrived at the house at College Manor estate, Hoey's Lane, Dundalk, to find Mrs McDonagh's husband, Michael Quinn McDonagh and their children, Michael (5), Nikita (10) and Chloe (14) in a distressed state.

Weapon

The couple had earlier attended a small family gathering with their children in the town.

Gardai later interviewed members of the family as they tried to build a picture of what had taken place in the house between 11.30pm on Tuesday and 3am on Wednesday.

A search of the area was also carried out in an effort to find the weapon gardai believe was used in the horrific beating Mrs McDonagh had suffered.

Further searches are expected to be held as gardai examine the results of forensic examinations by officers from the Technical Bureau in the Phoenix Park.

A post-mortem concluded she had died as a result of multiple injuries to her body and blunt force trauma.

The family had been living in the rented semi-detached house for the past 15 months after moving from their previous home in Dunsink Lane in Finglas.

Irish Independent

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