Court hears of injuries suffered by baby in murder trial

The State Pathologist has told a jury there were four seperate areas of bruising on the head of a baby boy allegedly killed by his mother’s fiance.

Philip Doyle of Tinakilly, Aughrim, Wicklow denies murdering Ross Murphy at the house he shared with his partner Leona Murphy in Creagh Desmesne, Gorey on April 5, 2005.

The prosecution claims the infant suffered shaken baby syndrome.

Professor Marie Cassidy has begun outlining the findings of the post mortem examination she carried out on the three-and-a-half-month-old infant.

Yesterday, the court hear that the child’s mother, Leona Murphy, who is now expecting her third child, said that on April 3 she went out to get a DVD, leaving her firstborn alone with Mr Doyle in the house they shared at Creagh Demesne.

Emergency medical technician Ray Lacey told the court yesterday that he received a call on April 3, saying that a baby was very unwell and he was told the infant was in possible cardiac arrest, which he said was very unusual for a child.

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