Dublin and Wicklow mountains used as a 'dumping ground' for Patricia O'Connor's remains, court told

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A crime scene examiner has told a murder trial that a 61-year-old grandmother did not die at any of the nine locations where her body parts were found in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, which were used as a “dumping ground” for her remains.

A CENTRAL CRIMINAL court jury has listened to evidence of how a 61-year-old grandmother’s head and hands were found in a black plastic bag in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, which were used as a “dumping ground” for her remains.

Giving evidence today, Detective Garda Janette O’Neill told prosecuting counsel Roisin Lacey SC that she was attached to the ballistics section of An Garda Síochána. O’Neill said she later travelled to Glenmacnass Waterfall and observed another part of the torso located amongst the rocks. This part from the lower section of the body had most of the internal organs present and there was a strong smell of decomposition, she said.

A piece of a torso from between the eighth and eleventh ribs was located half a kilometre away, she said. The fourth and last part of the torso, which included part of the pelvis and thighs was found in Carrigshouk, she concluded, adding that all body parts found were later brought to Dublin City Mortuary.It was determined on the evening of 13 June that the body parts belonged to a female and the hands had been sawn at the wrists, she said.

Detective O’Neill said it was her opinion that Mrs O’Connor did not die at any of the scenes where the body parts had been located but they appeared to be “a dumping ground” for all the pieces of the remains. The DNA profile from the remains was “two million times more likely to be from the biological mother of Louise O’Connor than from somebody unrelated,” he said, adding that this result would be fully consistent with Patricia O’Connor being the mother of Louise O’Connor.

This yielded a low level DNA profile from a male source, he said. The DNA profile was partial because the amount of blood was so small, he said, but was sufficient to eliminate Patricia O’Connor as the source. Hoade also examined a piece of hair found in a shallow grave in a field in Killeagh, Blackwater, Co Wexford. There was insufficient DNA present in the roots of the hair to generate a DNA profile so a sample of it was sent to the UK, he said.

“It was like a rotten meat kind of smell,” he continued, adding that there were hundreds of flies flying around what appeared to look like a torso.


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