Sunday 15 December 2019

Top pathologist who believes Fr Molloy took hours to die

This week, Professor Dermot Hourihane, one of the country's leading pathologists, said it was blindingly obvious that the family of Fr Molloy had been deprived of justice.

When he learned about the shock judgement in the Molloy trial, the former head of histopathology at Trinity College Dublin, he was puzzled and requested a copy of Professor Harbison's autopsy notes to examine the details of Fr Niall's death for himself.

He agreed with Professor Harbison, his former student, that death was due to head injuries, but added two additional opinions that suggest the priest endured even greater brutality prior to his death.

Firstly, he believed that the anatomical evidence of injury in the autopsy was "very strongly suggestive that he (Fr Molloy) received kicks in addition to punches with a fist".

He found that blood around one of the priest's kidneys was "very suggestive of a severe blow to his back, probably a kick which was probably executed while he was lying on the ground with a flexed back or in a bent position".

But he also found that the medical evidence was very suggestive that Fr Molloy "lived for hours rather than minutes after the injuries were first received".

Crucially, this tied in with Sergeant Forde's evidence about the broken watch and the missing hours.

For the family, this discovery disturbed them deeply as it suggested that help could have been sought for their uncle which might have saved him.

In 1986, this new medical evidence was given to the Garda Siochana by the family in the hope they might re-open the case. They were advised that it would not be possible to do so.

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