Inquest told dead woman suffered abuse


CHILDHOOD sexual abuse is behind a growing number of cases of young people taking their own lives, the Dublin county coroner said yesterday at the inquest in Swords on a 23 year old woman.

Dr Bartley Sheehan said some young lives had become so blighted by childhood sexual abuse that they never recovered from it.

The body of the woman had been found near the Chapelizod gates of the Phoenix Park on October 17th last. Nearby, there were two empty beer cans "and empty packets of dalmane and zinovane tablets.

Her brother told the inquest his sister had suffered from depression which had been recurring since she had been the victim of abusive behaviour.

The inquest jury returned a verdict of self inflicted death.