Urantsetseg Tserendorj’s husband was still wearing slippers as he ran to his distraught wife near Connolly Station in Dublin, but due to Covid-19 restrictions he was unable to join her in the ambulance which took her to Mater Hospital, where she collapsed and did not recover, the Central Criminal Court has heard.
Lambayer Surenkhor took the stand today to testify in the trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering his wife by inflicting a single stab wound on her that partially severed the main artery to her brain.
With the help of an interpreter, the surviving husband told Sean Gillane SC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), that he and his wife are from Mongolia. He moved to Ireland 16 years ago and she followed him nine months later.
They worked as cleaners in Dublin and their two children went to school in Ireland. Ms Tserendorj worked Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the State Street financial services company. As of January 20, 2021, Mr. Surenkhor was not working due to the country being locked down, but his wife continued to work and walked to and from the State Street offices.
At 9.30pm that evening, Mr. Surenkhor was at home with his daughter when he received a phone call from his wife; She was “in a bit of an emergency,” he said. Mr Surenkhor rushed out of her house, still in his slippers, and found her at a taxi rank at the Luas stop at Connolly Station about five minutes later. She was holding her neck and he could see blood.
An ambulance came and paramedics tried to give her pills, but she couldn’t swallow them. The ambulance took her away but Mr Surenkhor said he was told he could not accompany her due to Covid restrictions.
Gardaí contacted Mr Surenkhor later that day to say her condition had deteriorated and he was taken to hospital to see his wife.
She did not recover, Mr Surenkhor said, and was pronounced dead nine days later. The defendant’s attorney did not cross-examine the witness.
The defendant, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on January 29, 2021. The state did not follow his plea.
The accused has also pleaded guilty to making a knife and attempting to rob Ms Tserendorj on a walkway between George’s Dock and Custom House Quay at the IFSC in Dublin on 20 January 2021.
Previously, the deputy state pathologist Dr. Heidi Okkers told Mr Gillane that a single stab wound partially severed Ms Tserendorj’s internal carotid artery, cutting off blood flow to her brain and causing her death.
The court heard the injury entered the neck about 2 cm below the lobe of her right ear.
dr Okkers told defense attorney Michael O’Higgins SC that injuries to the internal carotid artery are less common than injuries to the external artery, which directs blood to the face rather than the brain. She agreed with Mr O’Higgins that the stab wound was not directly on the artery and did not fully dissect it. She further agreed when Mr O’Higgins suggested that “there was an element of unhappiness in this injury”.
dr Okkers also told Mr Gillane that the injury Ms Tserendorj suffered does not cause an immediate collapse and in some cases a person can remain conscious for up to two hours.
She said this would explain how Ms Tserendorj was able to walk from near the CHQ building on the quays to Connolly Station, where she met her husband and spoke to paramedics.
She also said that a knife Gardaí showed her could have caused the injury to the deceased’s neck.
Aside from the injury to her neck, Ms Tserendorj is healthy and has no respiratory problems or heart disease, the pathologist said.
Paramedic James Eagers told Mr Gillane when he checked Ms Tserendorj’s vital signs at Connolly Ward they were all normal and she appeared calm at first, although she had difficulty speaking.
He could see the five-cent injury under her right ear, but it wasn’t bleeding. He gave her a bandage to resist.
He said the decision had been made to take her to hospital so she said goodbye to her husband and Mr Eagers put her on a trolley and gave her an oxygen mask.
In the ambulance, she became more distressed, appeared to be panicking and was having trouble breathing, the court heard.
Upon arriving at the Mater, about three minutes after they left Connolly Ward, she was immediately taken to the resuscitation room where Mr. Eagers noticed her lips turning blue before handing over her care.
dr Elizabeth Little told Mr Gillane that on the night Ms Tserendorj was admitted she was the senior member of the Mater’s emergency response team.
She said medics used a variety of specialized machines to help her breathe, used chest compressions and a defibrillator to get her heart going again, and gave her blood.
When her heart started again, Ms Tserendorj was taken to an operating room to find out where the wound had come from.
dr Jennifer Hastings told Mr Gillane that she is a consultant in intensive care and ordered an MRI scan five days after Ms Tserendorj was admitted to assess the degree of brain injury she had suffered.
She said the scan showed the brain was so swollen it was protruding from the base of the skull.
When the medics removed her sedation, Ms. Tserendorj’s heart rate and blood pressure became unstable, so she was re-sedated and put back on life support.
Four days later, Dr. Hastings carried out further tests which showed the patient’s brain had sustained irreversible damage and she was pronounced dead at 5:24pm that afternoon.
Mr. Surenkhor was at his wife’s bedside the whole time, she said.
The trial will continue before Ms. Judge Mary Ellen Ring and a jury of seven men and five women.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/urantsetseg-tserendorjs-husband-tells-trial-how-he-ran-to-see-his-wife-after-distressed-phone-call-following-stabbing-41508489.html Urantsetseg Tserendorj’s husband tells the court how he ran to his wife after a frantic phone call following a stabbing