Young mother beaten, stran­gled

■ Mother, 22, dis­cov­ered in va­cant of­fice, in­quest told

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Amy McCarthy, a young mother who was found dead in a va­cant build­ing in Cork City, had been beaten about the head and stran­gled.

A young mother who was found dead in a va­cant build­ing in Cork City had been beaten about the head and stran­gled.

Dr Mar­got Bol­ster, the as­sis­tant state pathol­o­gist, con­firmed the cause of Amy McCarthy’s death as an in­quest into the 22-year-old’s death was opened and ad­journed yes­ter­day.

Ms McCarthy, a mother of one from Mount Carmel Rd in Green­mount, Cork, was found by paramedics in a room on the sec­ond floor of a va­cant of­fice block on Sheare’s St in the city cen­tre at around 7am on April 30.

The build­ing has been used for some time as a squat, with sev­eral up­per floors be­ing used overnight from time to time by peo­ple who gained unau­tho­rised ac­cess through a smashed ground floor win­dow.

The alarm was raised on April 30 by a man in the build­ing who had tried to wake Ms Collins but could not.

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene but de­spite the best ef­forts of paramedics, she was pro­nounced dead at the scene and gar­daí were called. They sealed off the build­ing and con­ducted an ex­ten­sive foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion.

Ex­ten­sive tox­i­col­ogy tests were also con­ducted on blood sam­ples taken from the de­ceased.

Dr Bol­ster told Cork City coroner, Dr Philip Comyn, yes­ter­day that an au­topsy she con­ducted on the re­mains at Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal es­tab­lished Ms McCarthy had died from a com­bi­na­tion of blunt force trauma to the head, with brain swelling and sub­du­ral haem­or­rhage due to mul­ti­ple blows, as­so­ci­ated with as­phyxia due to man­ual stran­gu­la­tion, com­pli­cated by acute al­co­holic in­tox­i­ca­tion.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor De­clan O’Sul­li­van told the in­quest that Garda in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Ms McCarthy’s death are al­most com­plete and crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings are be­ing con­tem­plated.

He ap­plied for and was granted an ad­journ­ment of the in­quest pend­ing the com­ple­tion of the Garda probe and any pos­si­ble di­rec­tions from the DPP.

Dr Comyn agreed to ad­journ the in­quest for men­tion again in De­cem­ber.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death ar­rested a 26-yearold man, who was known to Ms McCarthy, in the Mid­lands on Au­gust 1 for ques­tion­ing about her death.

He was brought to the Bridewell Garda Sta­tion in Cork for ques­tion­ing and was sub­se­quently re­leased with­out charge.

Det Insp O’Sul­li­van said a Garda fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cer had been ap­pointed and would keep Ms McCarthy’s fam­ily in­formed of de­vel­op­ments.

Ms McCarthy’s sis­ter, Hay­ley, told mourn­ers at her fu­neral that “if love could have saved Amy, she would have lived for­ever” be­cause so many peo­ple were so fond and car­ing to­wards her.

Amy McCarthy’s body was found in a squat in Cork.

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