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'Horrific' Unlawful killing verdict reached at inquest into Limerick pensioner Rose Hanrahan's death

The body of the 78-year-old widow was found in her house on New Road in Thomondgate shortly after 1pm on December 15th 2017

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Rose was described as a kind and generous woman who was loved by all who knew her. 

Rose was described as a kind and generous woman who was loved by all who knew her. 

Rose was described as a kind and generous woman who was loved by all who knew her. 

A formal verdict of unlawful killing has been recorded at the inquest of Limerick pensioner Rose Hanrahan, who was murdered at her Limerick home almost four years ago.

The body of the 78-year-old widow was found in her house on New Road in Thomondgate shortly after 1pm on December 15th 2017.

Romanian native Alexandru Iordache (46), a native of Dreptatii in Bucharest, Romania, received a mandatory life sentence after he pleaded guilty to Ms Hanrahan’s murder and admitted to strangling her with a cutrain cord.

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

During the inquest, a list of depositions relating to the discovery of Ms Hanrahan’s body were read into the record by Superintendent Dermot O'Connor.

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Alexandru Iordache

Alexandru Iordache

Alexandru Iordache

Detective Garda Enda Haugh, who was one of the first gardaí to arrive at the scene, later gave evidence relating to the murder investigation.

Deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis also read his findings into the record.

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

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

“My directions to you are straight forward in the sense that the appropriate verdict that I have to direct you towards is one of unlawful killing.

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

He said that 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 she was murdered in her home quite savagely and quite frighteningly for a lot of people who live on their own.

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“Sometimes we hear about it in rural areas but not so much in the more-city environs. It was a very horrific and upsetting case.”

The coroner and Supt O’Connor expressed their condolences to Ms Hanrahan’s family after the inquest had concluded.

A representative of the family thanked the coroner, the jury, and gardaí for their assistance and sensitivity following Ms Hanrahan’s death.

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