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High Court strikes out claim by widower of Sylvia Roche Kelly

The High Court has struck out an action for damages brought by the widower of murdered mother of two Sylvia Roche Kelly. The body of Ms Roche Kelly was found lying face down in the bath of a hotel in December 2007, after she met her murderer while out celebrating her 33rd birthday. She was violently beaten and strangled. Gerard McGrath Ballywalter, Knockavilla, County Tipperary, was later sentenced at the Central Criminal Court to life imprisonment after admitting murdering Ms Roche Kelly at The Clarion Hotel, Limerick, on December 8, 2007. McGrath was on bail at that time on a charge of assaulting a female taxi driver in April 2007. Her widower, Lorcan Roche Kelly from Sixmilebridge sued the State and other parties, including the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice, for damages alleging his wife’s killer was “free to commit the crime of murder when he should have been in custody.” He claimed the failure and inaction of …

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