Gardaí forced entry to Jasmine McMonagle’s home after seeing child upstairs

March 21, 2023

The sight of an eight-year-old girl prompted gardaí to force entry to the house where Jasmine McMonagle had been killed, a Central Criminal Court jury has been told today.

The trial continues of 32-year-old Richard Burke of Killygordon, Co Donegal has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of the manslaughter of 28-year-old mum-of-two Jasmine McMonagle on January 4, 2019.

RTE News reports details of the account of Sergeant Brendan McCann of Ballybofey Garda Station, who was present during an hours-long stand-off outside Miss McMonagle’s home on the night she was killed.

Gardaí travelled to Miss McMonagle’s home at Forest Park in Killygordon following receipt of a 999 phone call for help. The armed support unit and a crisis negotiator later travelled to the scene. When a child was spotted in a front window upstairs, a decision was taken to make an “immediate and dynamic forced entry” to the house.

Today’s trial also heard that a post mortem was carried out by State Pathologist Linda Mulligan and that cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation and multiple traumatic injuries to the head and throat.

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