DPP to receive file on family stabbing case

A FILE is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the stabbing to death of a young woman by her mother, an inquest was told yesterday.

The body of Jessica Prendergast, aged 21, was found in a pool of blood in the hall of a rented house on the Old Commons Road, in Blackpool, Cork, on July 27, 2006, after her mother, May, walked into a local taxi office carrying her one-year-old grandson Jamie Lee. Gardaí are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

Ms Prendergast has been receiving specialist medical attention in a Cork psychiatric hospital since her daughter’s death.

The inquest into Jessica’s death was opened and adjourned last January, because gardaí said criminal charges were being considered.

The inquest was mentioned again at Cork Coroner’s Court yesterday during which Inspector John Quilter confirmed that gardaí are preparing a file on the matter for the DPP. He renewed his application for an adjournment of the inquest and asked Coroner Myra Cullinane to put it back for several months.

Dr Cullinane agreed and said she would mention it again in January, 2008.

The Coroner’s Court heard evidence from State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy last January that Jessica died from stab wounds to the chest.

During her funeral Mass, Jessica’s father, Willie Prendergast, delivered an emotional address from the altar at St Oliver’s Church in Ballyvolane. Fighting back tears, he said: “Jess was so good in nature and friendly.

“Jess forgave her mother and I know that she would want you to forgive her mother and pray for her.”

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