An inquest was opened and adjourned by the Coroner for Mayo this morning into the death of a 41-year-old occupational therapist and mother-of-three at her home near Westport last June.

In brief proceedings, Coroner Patrick O’Connor was asked by Detective Sergeant Gary Walsh to adjourn finalisation of the inquest into the death of 41-year old Valerie French-Kilroy of Kilbree Lower, Westport.

Detective Sgt Walsh outlined that criminal proceedings had commenced, and the trial of a man charged with the murder of Mrs. French-Kilroy was due to go ahead in February.

The results of a post mortem into Mrs. French-Kilroy’s death  were outlined this morning.

 State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan Dr. Mulligan gave the cause of death as ligature strangulation in association with blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound in the neck with an incised wound in the hand a contributory factor.

 The coroner acceded to a request for adjournment and fixed July 21, 2021 as the date for the resumed hearing.




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