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'Why are the killers of my girl still walking free'

The mother of a young woman who was found dead from head injuries pleaded with the Dublin coroner to tell her why her daughter's killers are still walking the streets.

Brigid O'Brien was speaking at the opening of the inquest into the death of Bernadette Cash who was found dead at her home at Warrenstown Walk, Mulhuddart on October 31 last year.

The 20-year-old mother of one, who was a member of the Travelling community, was found by paramedics at the house.

She had been dead for several hours. Gardai believe that she may have been attacked during a Halloween party.

Seeking an adjournment of the inquest, Detective Inspector Colm Murphy of Finglas Garda Station confirmed that the death is the subject of a criminal investigation and inquiries are ongoing.

Mrs O'Brien told the inquest that the house where the body was discovered had formerly been her own home.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that the post mortem was carried out by the deputy State pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and he has given the cause of death as head injuries.

When asked by the coroner if she had any further questions, Mrs O'Brien replied: "Why are her killers walking free? Why are they walking the streets?"

Dr Farrell said that it would not be appropriate for him to say anything more in relation to the matter because gardai are actively investigating the death.

He asked Det Insp Murphy to speak to Mrs O'Brien following the hearing and extended his sympathies to the family.

The inquest was adjourned for further mention on June 6.

Grieving mum Brigid had earlier told the Herald that her daughter was very good looking, and that she resembled Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

Some weeks before her death she was subjected to a beating which left her hospitalised.

CARING

At the time mourners at the funeral in St Michael's Church in Gorey were told that Bernadette was a "loving and caring woman".

Photographs of the beautiful young mum-of-one were printed on her white coffin with her name inscribed on each side.

Her mother wept in the front row of the Church as Fr Swan described the promising young life that had been cut short.

Bernadette's brother Jimmy Cash, who previously lived at the Warrenstown Walk house where she was found dead, was granted compassionate leave from prison to attend his sister's funeral.

The 24-year-old convicted burglar comforted his mum as hundreds of mourners turned out to lay Bernadette to rest.

hnews@herald.ie


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