Inquest finds nothing to link mid-Kerry man’s death with earlier assault

An inquest into death of a mid-Kerry man has heard there was nothing to link his death to injuries he sustained in an assault two months previously. coroners court John ‘Jack’ Scannell of An Bháinseach, Killorglin took ill at his home in the early hours of April 19th, 2014. The inquest heard an emotional appeal from his wife who said she wanted to know if his death was linked to the assault. Grace Scannell said her 66 year-old husband took ill at about 4am on the morning in question. He collapsed in his room and deteriorated rapidly before being pronounced dead after 1.30pm. Mrs Scannell said her husband had been assaulted with a hammer at his home on February 11th, 2014, just over two months before he died. She told the jury that she wanted to know if his death was connected with the assault. Earlier this year, a man was sentenced to three years in jail by the circuit court for the attack on Mr Scannell. Coroner Terence Casey told the jury that while the post mortem report noted that Mr Scannell had been assaulted, it said the incident was not connected to his death. State Pathologist, Margaret Bolster had found Mr Scannell’s death to be consistent with injuries sustained in a fall. The jury returned a verdict of death due to natural causes in accordance with the findings of the post mortem.