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Ireland Two families' lives ruined by murder of Jastine, inquest into killer's death told

13:15  24 january  2020
13:15  24 january  2020 Source:   independent.ie

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Two families ’ lives were changed irreparably by the abduction and killing of Jastine Valdez, an inquest into her killer ’ s death has heard. The outcome has meant that two families ’ lives were changed irreparably.” She commended “brave acts on behalf of the public and first responders, sadly

TWO FAMILIES ’ LIVES were changed irreparably by the abduction and killing of Jastine Valdez, an inquest into her killer ’ s death heard. “This has been a most difficult inquest for those centrally involved and the Hennessy family in particular. The tragic events that unfolded over a period of a little

Jastine Valdez © Independent.ie Jastine Valdez Two families' lives were changed irreparably by the abduction and killing of Jastine Valdez, an inquest into her killer's death heard. 

The jury recorded a narrative verdict last night in the case of Mark Hennessy who died after being shot by 'Garda A' the day after she had been abducted.

He had previously given evidence he believed Ms Valdez (24) was in the car with Hennessy and he was about to slit her throat.

He said that "there was no other option open to me" but to shoot.

At the conclusion of the inquest, coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said this had been a "most difficult inquest for those centrally involved and in particular the family of the late Mark Hennessy."

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Killer ' s inquest . THE family of a man who abducted and killed a young woman in 2018 do not believe there was any malice in The coroner also told the inquest into the death of Mark Hennessy that two families lives were changed irreparably by the abduction and killing of Jastine Valdez.

She said the tragic events that unfolded in May 2018 over a period of a little more than 48 hours were "exceptionally unusual in this society."

"The public were very moved by the plight of Jastine Valdez, and closely followed the Garda response at that time," she said

"But the outcome has meant that two families' lives have been changed irreparably," she said.

The coroner said that, over the course of the hearing, "we have heard of brave acts on behalf of members of the public, and the assistance of voluntary organisations and first responders, sadly without the desired outcome".

She extended her condolences to the family of Hennessy (40), and said the members who had attended the inquest had been "dignified" in their grief.

The inquest concluded last night after three days of evidence were heard.

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Two families lives were changed irreparably by the abduction and killing of Jastine Valdez, an inquest into her killer ’ s death heard this evening. The inquest previously heard that the Garda who shot Mr Hennessy said he was left with no other option as he believed Jastine Valdez was in the car

The jury at the inquest into the death of the man who murdered Jastine Valdez has made six recommendations. These include that all gardaí should receive emergency response training and that the Civil Defence should review their procedures in response to any similar event in the future.

It was told the Hennessy family do not believe there was any malice involved in the shooting of Mark Hennessy.

"In relation to Detective Garda A, the family are of the view that his view was reasonably held, that there was no malice in this situation. The family wish to express their gratitude to the jury and all parties involved in this investigation, criminal and civil," said Dermot Hickey, solicitor for his parents.

Garda A had told the inquest during his evidence on Thursday: "I was focused on Mark Hennessy and the actions within the vehicle.

"I was in great fear that Jastine Valdez was in the vehicle and she was in imminent danger."

Hennessy was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on May 20, 2018, in Cherrywood Business Park.

The body of Ms Valdez was located at 3pm on May 21, the day after Hennessy's death, in thick gorse and undergrowth at Pucks Castle, Rathmichael, Co Dublin. On May 19, she had been abducted in broad daylight on a busy road at 6.20pm, after taking the bus from Bray to Enniskerry village, arriving there at around 6pm.

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Last night, after recording the narrative verdict, the jury also made a series of recommendations.

They said that in emergency situations there should be one central communications channel that provided information to all the relevant personnel involved.

They also recommended emergency response training for all members of the An Garda Síochána, and that all gardaí be aware of necessary protocols and procedures.

Dr Cullinane said she would review the recommendations and draw them to the attention of the appropriate agencies or authorities in order for them to be considered and actioned.

Meanwhile, the inquest was also told that a post-incident manager position is to be created to deal with fatal firearm incidents involving gardaí, to act as a conduit between the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) and the officer involved. The post-incident manager will be a member of An Garda Síochána.

The jury endorsed this development as part of their recommendations.

The system is not in place yet but has been operating very well in the UK and will be adopted soon here, Gsoc senior investigator Nicholas Harden told the hearing.

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