The bereaved family of murder victim Breda Waters was heartbroken when they discovered that the inquest into her death had opened at Limerick Coroner’s Court, and they had not been notified.
The young mother was murdered at a house in Southill earlier this year, along with her partner, Des Kelly.
The inquest into her death was adjourned because there are criminal proceedings in the matter, but the cause of death was read into the record so that the Waters family could receive a death certificate.
The Coroner’s Court heard that Professor Marie Cassidy conducted a post mortem examination on the body of Ms Waters at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital on January 10, and the state pathologist found that the cause of the 28 year-old’s death was due to a shotgun would to the neck.
The matter was a formality before the inquest was adjourned, but the Waters family feel they should have been notified about the preliminary hearing. They discovered that the hearing had taken place when they read about it in the Limerick Leader.
Tina Waters said she was devastated when she first learned her sister’s inquest had opened and was adjourned, from the newspaper article. “I started roaring crying to tell you the truth,” she told the Limerick Leader. “No one told us. We saw it in the paper.”
“My mam lives with me and she is heartbroken,” she said. “She has lost four children.” Ms Waters feels the family should have received notification from the state authorities, even if it was a preliminary hearing because “we should have been there”.