July 25, 2021

Mark Hennessy inquest verdict: ‘Lives of two families changed irreparably’

The jury at the inquest into the death of the Bray man who murdered Jastine Valdez has recommended that all gardaí should receive emergency response training.

They also called on the Civil Defence to review their procedures in response to any similar event in the future.

After deliberating last night the jury returned a narrative verdict, outlining the facts of the case.

Dublin City Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane told the jury she would pass on their recommendations to the appropriate agencies for their consideration.

Mark Hennessy was shot dead by gardaí as he sat in a car at Cherrywood Business Park in Dublin, a day after he abducted and killed the 24-year-old Filipino student as she walked home in Enniskerry in May 2018.

Dr Myra Cullinane said the lives of two families had been changed irreparably by the events that unfolded over a 48-hour period in May 2018.

She said the events were “exceptionally unique in our society” and said the public had been very moved by the plight of Ms Valdez.

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