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Coroner closes inquest into road death of Donegal woman

Inquest into the death of 34-year-old Sheena Stewart closed on the instructions of her family

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Coroner closes inquest into road death of Donegal woman following trial

JANUARY 2015: The accident scene on Ballyshannon’s Main Street.

The inquest into the death of a Donegal woman whose case involved a garda who later took his own life has been closed.

Donegal coroner Dr Denis McCauley has closed the inquest into the death of 34-year-old Sheena Stewart on the instructions of her family.

The mother of three died after being struck by a minibus on Ballyshannon’s Main Street in the early hours of January 1st, 2015.

Medical evidence into Ms Stewart's death had been heard at an inquest in December 2015 but the inquest was adjourned to allow a criminal investigation to take place.

The inquest heard that Ms Stewart, of Gort Na Greine, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, died of multiple injuries.

Dr McCauley told Donegal coroner's court that he had the option to reopen the case. But, having discussed it with Ms Stewart’s family, he said he was closing the case.

Not guilty verdict

Last October a minibus driver was found not guilty of causing Ms Stewart's death by careless driving.

Following Ms Stewart’s death, the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) launched a criminal investigation and interviewed Sgt Galvin and two other gardaí who had interacted with her before her death.

An inquest into the death of Sgt Mick Galvin in September 2016, found he took his own life at Ballyshannon Garda Station in the early hours of May 28th, 2015.

Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice Frank Clarke later conducted an investigation into his death which concluded he took his own life not knowing he had already been cleared by the GSOC investigation because he hadn’t been told at that stage.