Murder trial hears Tralee woman Nicola was 'beaten to death'

Young Tralee mother of three Nicola Collins (38) was beaten to death by her boyfriend a murder trial has heard.

The State claimed that Cathal O’Sullivan (44) – of Pophams Road, Cork and originally from Charleville – who denies the murder of Ms Collins, inflicted multiple blunt force trauma injuries on the Tralee woman before her body was discovered in a Cork flat by emergency services.

Tom Creed SC, for the State, told Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and the Central Criminal Court jury of nine men and three women that the prosecution case is the defendant beat the young mother to death during a drunken row.

“The prosecution case is that Mr O’Sullivan killed Nicola Collins and that at the time he killed Nicola Collins, at the very least, he intended to cause her serious injury,” he said. “The prosecution case is that the accused beat Nicola Collins to death.”

Mr Creed said the trial will hear evidence that, when Ms Collins was discovered shortly after 3am in a flat at 6A Popham’s Road, Farranree, Cork in the early hours of March 27 2017, she had multiple injuries visible to attending members of the emergency services.

The young mother was found lying on the floor of the flat with her legs resting on a bed. Blood spatters were found in both the bedroom and the bathroom of the flat. Blood stained clothing was also found in the flat.

Ms Collins was later found to have a broken jaw, two missing front teeth, a serious head injury as well as injuries to her face, lips, neck, chest, arms and breast.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster ruled that Ms Collins died from a serious head injury with subdural haematoma consistent with blunt force trauma to the head. Dr Bolster also found signs of asphyxia on Ms Collins neck.

Ms Collins, who was a native of St Brendan’s Park in Tralee, had been living at Clashduv Road in the Togher area of Cork for several years before her death.