Jury return verdict of unlawful killing into death of Robert Elston

A jury have returned a verdict of unlawful killing into the death of Robert Elston in Caherciveen last year.

33-year-old Mr Elston of Lisselton died after being stabbed in Feartha Drive, Caherciveen on May 23rd last year.

Earlier this month, 21-year-old Blake Sweeney of Fertha Drive, Caherciveen was given an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for Mr Elston’s manslaughter.

The inquest was heard at the South Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney today before Coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter.

The Coroner’s Court sitting in Killarney heard Robert Elston had been visiting his son in Caherciveen, and was in 1 Feartha Drive in the early hours of May 23rd last year when the stabbing occurred.

Evidence was given by people in the house at the time, as well as neighbours, gardaí, and paramedics.
Mr Elston died in an ambulance on the way to hospital in Tralee.

The jury of six men recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The court heard Mr Elston died from stab wounds to the back and abdomen.

Coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter offered her sympathies to the family of Mr Elston, who weren’t in court for the inquest.