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Double inquest hears of domestic tragedy

“DOMESTIC dispute – she stabbed me, I stabbed her”, were among the last words spoken by a man who died on the same evening as his wife in Kildysart, shortly before last Christmas. This was outlined at an inquest in Ennis into the deaths of South African couple, Cornelius and Angelique Billing. The inquest also heard that the couple’s two small children were hysterical in the aftermath of the stabbings and one of them was on Kildysart’s Main Street calling for help, as her mother was mortally wounded nearby. The jury heard evidence from gardaí, ambulance and fire service personnel, as well as Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis. Garda John Cahill said that on December 17 of last year he began work at noon and at around 6.25pm, he got a call to go to a fire at a hardware store in Kildysart. While on the Main Street, he saw a woman staggering in the direction of AIB. She …

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Gardaí at the scene in Kildysart on Wednesday. Photograph by John Kelly.

Husband and wife die in family tragedy

The tragic deaths of a South African couple in Kildysart on Wednesday night has sent shockwaves through the small community. Senior garda sources have confirmed that the woman, aged 27, and her husband, aged 44, “died by violence” but are not in a position to state the cause of death until post mortem examinations have been carried out. The couple had been living in Kildysart since March of this year. Gardaí are treating the investigation as a tragic domestic incident. They are not looking for a third party but are anxious to hear from any witnesses or anybody who may have been in the general area between 6pm and 7.30pm, when the tragedy unfolded on Kildysart’s Main Street. The woman was seen running into the street by a garda, who was attending the scene of a fire at a local hardware shop. She collapsed on the street and despite efforts to revive her by fire services personnel, who were already …

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