Murder verdict returned at Limerick inquest

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A MURDER verdict was formally returned at the inquest into the death of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Corbally more than four years ago.

A MURDER verdict was formally returned at the inquest into the death of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Corbally more than four years ago.

Roman Vysochan, aged, 16, died after he was attacked at a house at Carrig Midhe, Corbally on May 10, 2008,

The inquest was previously opened by coroner, Dr Timothy Casey, but was adjourned pending the conclusion of criminal proceedings in relation to the death of the Ukranian national.

In July 2010, John O’Loughlin, aged 23, formerly of Cecil Street, Limerick was convicted of murdering Roman Vysochan following a trial at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Limerick.

During the trial, the jury heard that O’Loughlin stabbed the teen twice - once fatally in the chest through the rib cage, heart and lung - at the house after drinking five pints and three cans with his father and a friend.

The victim, who was a promising young soccer player, lived in the nearby Westbury estate and was with a number of friends when he was attacked.

The court heard that O’Loughlin, who admitted stabbing another youth in the leg during the same incident, had armed himself with a knife before going upstairs when he arrived at the house in Carrig Midhe.

The victim, a male teenage friend and two teenage girls were upstairs in a bedroom when the killer entered.

Last month, O’Loughlin lost an appeal against his conviction and will now serve the remainder of his life sentence.

At the resumed hearing of the inquest, the coroner said state pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy, had performed a postmortem examination on the body of Roman Vysochan.

Reading her findings into the record, he said Prof Cassidy had found that the 16-year-old had died from a stab wound to the chest.

He told the jury that the appropriate verdict in the case was one of murder and following brief deliberations, the jury agreed.

Roman Vysochan’s mother, Tetyana, attended the inquest, which was heard at the Health Service Executive offices on Catherine Street.