The last hours of Jastine Valdez and her killer Mark Hennessy

The ‘Garda Incident’ began at 7.57pm on May 19th, with a tip-off from a female caller

Jastine Valdez: gardaí have yet to establish if Mark Hennessy first encountered his 24-year-old victim in the Bray restaurant where she worked part-time

Jastine Valdez: gardaí have yet to establish if Mark Hennessy first encountered his 24-year-old victim in the Bray restaurant where she worked part-time

The victim

Jastine Valdez was raised by her grandmother. Her parents Danilo and Tess lived in the town of Aritao in the north of the Philippines, and spoke Ilocano, the country’s third most spoken language.

But shortly after Jastine’s birth in 1994, her parents moved to Ireland so they could earn money and send it back home. They left Jastine, their only child, in the care of her grandmother, and the two grew close.

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