Wednesday 25 April 2018

Woman denied bail over shooting of Irish boyfriend

Wendy Hanks: stood in metal cage in court
Wendy Hanks: stood in metal cage in court

Sam Griffin

A 33-YEAR-OLD woman charged with the murder of her Irish boyfriend in Florida has been denied bail after police said her claims that she killed him in self-defence conflicted with other evidence.

Darren William Haverty (39), from Dublin, died from a gunshot wound while on a camping trip in Osceola County with his girlfriend, Wendy Hanks (33).

Ms Hanks admitted the killing to investigating officers, but said it was in self-defence following a confrontation with Mr Haverty, who she said had beaten her and approached her with a knife.

However, a source within Osceola County Sheriff's Office yesterday told the Irish Independent that her claims of self-defence conflicted with other evidence, including the results of a post-mortem carried out on Mr Haverty's body.

"Investigating officers made the arrest and questioned the detained woman, Ms Hanks," said a spokesperson.

"Her evidence didn't match up with other information officers had and was inconsistent with this information.

"She appeared in court on Thursday and has been charged with first-degree murder. She is being held in custody and was denied bond. She will appear again at some point in the future for an arraignment hearing."

It is understood Ms Hanks appeared in court standing locked in a metal cage reserved for prisoners considered potentially dangerous.

The spokeswoman said she understood Mr Haverty had moved to Holopaw, Osceola County, in March and had been living with Ms Hanks since May.


Mr Haverty was from Greenhills in south Dublin where his family is involved in Limekiln GAA Rounders Club.

Last night, a friend of the family said they were "still grieving the loss and would need more time before making any comment on the death of their son, Darren".

The friend said it would not be appropriate for him to remark further until the Haverty family had made some comment.

He said Mr Haverty had been living away from Dublin for six or seven years and had previously spent time in Canada before moving to Florida.

Irish Independent

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