John Forrester murder: ‘We hope you never see the light of day again’

We hope she’ll never see the light of day again and be allowed to torture another family like she’s tortured ours.

John Forrester murder: ‘We hope you never see the light of day again’

That was the wish of the family of John Forrester after mother-of-three Catherine O’Connor was sentenced to life for murder for a second time this year.

Addressing the court, Mr Forrester’s nephew Jamie said the discovery of his uncle’s body in a river had begun two years of what could only be described as “hell”.

He said John’s father had been so consumed with grief he was unable to fight the cancer with which he was later diagnosed. He died on Jul 14 last.

He described his uncle as one of the kindest people you could wish to meet and said that no sentence imposed would be enough.

“We hope she’ll never see the light of day again and be allowed to torture another family like she’s tortured ours,” he concluded.

O’Connor, aged 37, pleaded guilty to murdering her 42-year-old neighbour when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

O’Connor of Bridge House, Seán Hales Place, Bandon, murdered the English father of four in Bridge House on Nov 12, 2011. They each occupied a flat in the house.

Det Sgt Fergal Foley told the court an investigation into another murder led to a probe into Mr Forrester’s murder, and the discovery of his body on Nov 15 that year.

The body of the boatmaker was found in the River Bandon a mile and a half east of the town. It was trussed up in cable wire and wrapped in carpet; his feet were tied with the belt from the cardigan O’Connor had been wearing.

O’Connor apologised to her victim’s family through her defence team.

Mr Justice Paul Carney then handed down the mandatory life sentence. Dressed in a grey, hooded jacket, black trousers and boots, she showed little emotion as she was led away to begin her second term of life in prison.

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