OPEN VERDICT RETURNED ON KILWORTH TRAGEDY
A jury at the inquest into the deaths of Nollaig Owen and her son Tadhg this week returned an open verdict. The inquest heard that Nollaig, who had been diagnosed with post-natal depression, and nine month old Tadhg drowned in shallow water of the Douglas river in Glenseskin Wood close to her home in Kilworth on July 14th, 2007.
The inquest, held in Mallow on Wednesday, also heard that Nollaig had attempted suicide four days before she and Tadhg were found, and that Tadhg was still strapped into his buggy when discovered by a passer-by.
As there was no conclusive proof that Tadhg Owen was unlawfully killed, or signs that Mrs Owen committed suicide, the jury returned an open verdict of death following directions from coroner Dr Michael Kennedy that such a verdict was the only one available given the circumstances.
Friday 28th March 4:51pm