A Dublin woman who died within seven months of being a key witness in a murder trial “just didn’t care anymore” after her partner was killed and her estranged husband sentenced to life in prison, an inquest has found .
Dublin District Coroner’s Court session on Candice Paget’s death heard how her health deteriorated following last year’s Central Criminal Court trial.
Ms Paget, 37, passed away on 7 November 2021 at Dublin’s Mater Hospital of complications from organ failure after years of poor health.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Clare Keane found from medical records that Ms Paget, who had HIV, had stopped taking her medication and was “back on drugs”.
The dead woman’s twin sister, Alexis, said her late sister “got a lot worse” after losing her partner and seeing her estranged husband go to prison for life.
“Candice was always drinking. She just didn’t care,” she recalls.
Her sister had testified before the Central Criminal Court in April 2021 in a murder trial in which her estranged husband Anthony Paget was accused of fatally stabbing her then-partner Aidan McMenamy.
Ms Paget told the trial that on 19 July 2019 an argument had broken out between the two men at the house where she lived with Mr McMenamy at Clinch’s Court, North Strand in Dublin.
She described how her boyfriend, who she claimed was “jealous” of Paget, was stabbed to death after slicing her estranged husband’s face with a knife.
The court heard how the parties had been using heroin and drinking vodka at the time.
Anthony Paget, 46, of Carnlough Road, Cabra, who died at Dublin’s Mater Hospital in January after contracting pneumonia while serving a life sentence at Portlaoise Prison, had denied killing Mr McMenamy but pleaded guilty to manslaughter famous.
However, a jury unanimously convicted him of murder after two days of deliberation at the end of a week-long trial.
Ms Paget’s twin told the inquest that her late sister knew in her last two weeks that she was dying.
A male friend of the dead woman described her as “full of life” and “beautiful” but added that “drugs were taking their toll”.
dr Keane said Ms Paget’s immediate cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver, while the coroner found she also had an alcohol addiction and untreated hepatitis C.
She also found that the deceased was infected with HIV.
Based on the medical evidence, the coroner reached a death sentence by accident.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/woman-37-died-months-after-giving-evidence-at-trial-of-ex-husband-who-murdered-her-partner-41641862.html Woman, 37, died months after testifying at trial of ex-husband who murdered her partner