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Dad Found Guilty Of Murdering Baby With Tissue In Mouth


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A Mayo man has been found guilty of the murder of his baby son almost five years ago.

40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis had denied murdering six month old Joshua by placing a wad of tissue in his mouth.

Six and a half month old Joshua Sussbier Tighe choked on a wad of tissue at his father’s home on the 1st of June 2013.

It was the Prosecution’s case that his dad John Tighe had murdered him by placing two tissues in his mouth.

The court heard the baby’s mother had announced she was in a new relationship on Facebook the day before.

John Tighe maintained what happened was an accident and his baby must have placed the tissues in his mouth himself while he left him unattended for a few minutes to go to the bathroom.

However, the Prosecution has argued a baby of that age couldn’t form, chew or swallow a wad of tissue of that size.

After seven and a half hours of deliberations the jury returned a guilty verdict.

John Tighe showed little emotion and stared straight ahead when the decision was announced. He is due to receive the mandatory life sentence shortly.

 


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