An inquest in Castlebar was told yesterday (Mon) that an ongoing garda investigation into the death of a 34-year-old South African born scientist in a road traffic accident at Breaffy, Castlebar last December is expected to be completed before Christmas.

 Supt Joe McKenna told the hearing that gardai are awaiting a forensic collision report from Dublin Castle into the impact on the N60 which claimed the life of David Henning on December 27 last.

 Mr. Henning was a member of a family which runs a jewellery manufacturing enterprise at Killawalla, Westport.

The deceased’s father, Allan, from South Africa, his mother, Genevieve, and other family members were in Castlebar Courthouse when the inquest was opened and adjourned by the Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor yesterday.

Medical evidence was given to the  hearing that Mr. Henning died from multiple injuries including fracture of the cervical spine.

After adjourning the hearing to December 20th at Swinford Courthouse Coroner O’Connor sympathised with the family on their sad loss.

Stressing the need for improved safety on the roads, the coroner noted there that so far this year there have been 135 deaths so far on Irish roads this year.

 “Bodies are fragile, cars are not”, the coroner remarked.

 Supt Joe McKenna, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, joined in the expression of sympathy.


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