Probe into
cell death

THREE inquiries are taking place into the suicide of Shane Rogers, who had been charged with the murder of Crossmaglen GAA star James Hughes.

THREE inquiries are taking place into the suicide of Shane Rogers, who had been charged with the murder of Crossmaglen GAA star James Hughes.

Rogers (32), Deery Terrace, Inniskeen took his own life in a holding cell following a court appearance at Cloverhill District Court in Dublin.

The inquest into his death has been taking place at Dublin Coroner’s Court.

Rogers had been charged with the murder James Hughes a few days before he took his own life late last year.

Mr Hughes was in a taxi with an ex-girlfriend of Mr Rogers, Trish Byrne, in Dundalk, when Mr Rogers opened fire several times with a shotgun. Ms Byrne was injured in the incident.

Rogers presented himself at Carrickmacross garda station after the murder, admitting his involvement and saying that he could not live with himself for doing it.

It was ordered at his initial court appearance that he should receive psychiatric help, as it was claimed that he was a suicide risk.

The inquest was told that the Inspector of Prisons had launched its own investigation, while Garda and internal prison service inquiries are also under way.

He had been in prison on remand and was on suicide watch for just over a week before he took his own life.

At around 1.30pm he was found unconscious in a holding cell and taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell gave the cause of death as hanging before adjourning the inquest for further mention on August 20.