Mother of woman killed by brother breaks down as she tells inquest how she had to identify daughter’s body

The mother of a Finglas woman who was fatally injured in a shooting at her Dublin home earlier this year broke down at an inquest as she testified that she was formally identifying her daughter’s body.

Eresa Boyd broke down in tears as her testimony at the sight of her daughter Sandra’s body was read at a session of the Dublin County Coroner’s Court.

Ms Boyd described how, two days after her daughter’s death, she traveled with members of her family to Dublin City Morgue in Whitehall to officially identify the body to Gardaí.

Sandra Boyd (36), mother of five, suffered fatal injuries in a suspected accidental shooting at her home in Collins Place, Finglas, on March 19.

Ambulance services took her to Mater Hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Coroner Aisling Gannon said the autopsy results showed Ms Boyd died of complications from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Inspector Brona O’Reilly requested an adjournment of the inquiry under Section 25.2 of the Coroners Act on the basis that the DPP had ordered that criminal proceedings be brought in the case.

Det Insp O’Reilly said a prosecution is currently before the criminal courts.

Earlier this month, the victim’s younger brother, Derek Boyd, 27, signed a guilty plea to his sister’s murder in Cloverhill District Court.

Boyd, also of Collins Place, was originally charged with the unlawful possession or control of five rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition and a Kahr CW9 semi-automatic pistol at his sister’s home.

The accused has been in custody since his arrest last March.

Boyd is due to be tried in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in connection with his sister’s wrongful death on October 7.

The coroner granted the adjournment at a date to be determined after the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

Ms Gannon offered Ms Boyd her sympathy and condolences on the death of her daughter in such tragic circumstances. Mother of woman killed by brother breaks down as she tells inquest how she had to identify daughter’s body

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