Unlawful murder verdict in Limerick pensioner Rose Hanrahan’s death inquest


An official verdict of unlawful homicide has been recorded during the investigation of Limerick retiree Rose Hanrahan, who was murdered in her Limerick home almost four years ago.

The body of the 78-year-old widow was found in her home on New Road in Thomondgate shortly after 1 p.m. on December 15, 2017.

Romanian Alexandru Iordache (46), from Dreptatii in Bucharest, Romania, was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murder of Ms Hanrahan and admitting to strangling her with a cutrain cord.

An inquest into Ms Hanrahan’s death was heard at the Kilmallock courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, the Limerick chief reported.

During the investigation, a list of depositions relating to the discovery of Ms. Hanrahan’s body was read into the file by Superintendent Dermot O’Connor.

Detective Garda Enda Haugh, who was one of the first guards to arrive at the scene, then testified regarding the murder investigation.

Assistant state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis also read his findings in the file.

Coroner John McNamara told the jury of four men and three women that Ms Hanrahan suffered multiple injuries and the death was due to a ligature strangulation.

Addressing the jury, Mr McNamara said Ms Hanrahan was unlawfully killed and added that there was “no alternative verdict”.

“My instructions to you are straightforward in the sense that the proper verdict to which I must direct you is that of unlawful murder.

“It is quite clear that unfortunately Rose Hanrahan was murdered in her house by this gentleman who pleaded guilty and is serving a sentence [life] phrasing.”

He said Ms Hanrahan’s death had “cast a shadow over Limerick for some time”.

“She was in good health; she was going about her business and was murdered in her home in a way that was quite savage and frightening for many people who live alone.

“Sometimes we hear about it in rural areas, but not so much in more urban surroundings. It was a very horrible and heartbreaking affair. “

Coroner and Superintendent O’Connor expressed their condolences to Ms. Hanrahan’s family after the inquest was concluded.

A family representative thanked the coroner, the jury and Gardaí for their help and sensitivity following Ms Hanrahan’s death.

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