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26/10/2021

Lorraine White’s family call for case to be reopened

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The family of a woman who died after she suffered massive internal injuries have pleaded for her case to be re opened after her former partner was convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

The family of a woman who died after she suffered massive internal injuries have pleaded for her case to be re opened after her former partner was convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

Walter Morrissey (70), of Upper Bridge Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny, was jailed for 13 years for aggravated sexual assault last month. He was previously questioned by gardai following the 2008 death of Lorraine White.An inquest heard that Ms White died from injuries to her uterus and abdomen caused by a 10-inch copper pipe.

Detective Sergeant Frank McKenna – who led the investigation – said that he was alerted by medical staff who found striking similarities between the two women’s injuries, both of whom were accompanied to A&E by Morrissey. Ms White’s family said they wanted gardai to re-open the investigation into her death. Ms White’s sister, Maureen Harris (58), of Ince, Wigan, said she hoped that Morrissey would spend the rest of his life behind bars. Morrissey has now been jailed for 13 years after a vigilant intensive care nurse and hospital staff who treated Ms White became aware that Morrissey was in the A&E unit of St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, where another young woman was brought after an horrific assault.Staff immediately alerted gardai when Morrissey arrived in 2011.

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