John Tighe

  • A Mayo man on trial for murdering his baby son told Gardai he did all he could to save his child’s life.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old baby Joshua by placing tissue in his mouth on June 1st 2013..

    A year later, Mr Tighe gave voluntary interviews to gardai about what happened that day.

    He told them he had changed Joshua’s nappy and had gone to the bathroom for no more than five minutes.

    He came back, moved Joshua out onto the sitting room and thought something wasn’t right.

    He said his baby was blue, he knew something was wrong and thought he was choking on something.

    The court he rang Westdoc and asked for help.

    He told them his son may have swallowed a tissue or a wipe as they were the only things in his room.

    At first he said he couldn’t see anything in his baby’s mouth but later said he thought he could see an obstruction in the back of his throat.

    John Tighe said he was in bits that day.

    He said he did all he could, but to no avail.

     

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    A 40 year old man has gone on trial accused of murdering his baby son in Co Mayo.

    John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering six and half month old Joshua on June 1st 2013.

    The jury was told it's the Prosecution's case that the baby died from asphyxiation due to a tissue being placed in his throat.

    The court heard the accused says it was an accident.

    He says he had gone to the toilet and when he came back the baby was choking and he thought he must have picked up a wipe.

    The case is continuing before a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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 was accused of murdering six month old Joshua by placing a wad of tissue in his mouth in June 2013.

    He had pleaded not guilty and said what happened was an accident.

    The jurors returned its GUILTY verdict after over seven hours of deliberations.

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    A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his baby son in Co Mayo.

    40 year old John Tighe is accused of murdering baby Joshua at their home in Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in June 2013.

    His case was called this morning before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin and the accused replied 'not guilty' when he was arraigned.

    A jury has been sworn in to hear the case which is set to begin this afternoon.

     

     

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    A 40 year old Mayo man is due to go on trial tomorrow accused of the murder of his baby son in Co Mayo.

    John Tighe has pleaded not guilty to murdering baby Joshua at their home in Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in June 2013.

    A jury has been sworn in to hear the case which was due to start this afternoon.

    It now won't start until tomorrow morning as the trial judge is dealing with another case.

     

     

  • The jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a Mayo man accused of killing his baby son five years ago.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old Joshua by placing two tissues in his mouth.

    The jurors have three verdicts open to them: guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

     

  • The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his baby son in Co Mayo has been discharged.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering his sixth month old son Joshua at his home in June 2013.

    Two of the jurors couldn't serve so a new jury had to be sworn in this morning.

    The case is now starting again this afternoon.

  • The jury in the trial of a Mayo man accused of killing his baby son is expected to begin considering its verdict today.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old Joshua by placing two tissues in his mouth in June 2013.

    The jurors have three verdicts open to them: guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

    It's the prosecution's case that John Tighe placed a wad of two tissues in his son's mouth and says a baby couldn't form, chew or swallow a wad of that size.

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

    The Judge is due to finish charging the jury this morning and it will then begin considering its verdict.

  • A new jury has been sworn in, in the trial of a Mayo man, accused of murdering his baby son.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his sixth month old son Joshua at his home in June 2013.

    Justice Patrick McCarthy discharged the original jury this morning and swore in a new jury, so the trial had to begin again.

    The judge explained that the delay caused by last week's weather meant the trial would likely continue to next week and one of the original jurors has a prior commitment.

    It's the prosecution's case that Mr Tighe placed a 'bolus' of tissue in his baby son's throat which caused him to asphyxiate.

    The trial is continuing at the Central Criminal Court.

     

     

  • A paediatrician has told the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his sixth month old baby son, that a child of that age cannot form a 'wad' of tissue with his hands.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his baby son Joshua in June 2013 by placing tissue in his mouth.

    The court has heard that an object, comprising of two pieces of tissue, was taken from the baby's mouth during a post mortem examination.

    At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Dr Hilary Stokes, a paediatrician based in Mayo , said babies aged 6 months can crudely grasp objects, but could not compress the tissues and fashion it into a ''wad'' as they’re limited by their hand skills.

    She also said it's not possible for a six month old to chew the tissue into such a shape.

    Ms Stokes added that nobody would try and swallow something like that in one go, and a child would have brought it back up immediately.

    Dr Stokes will be cross examined by counsel for the defence today in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine women and three men.

     

  • A medical expert has told the trial of a man accused of murdering his baby son, that there was damage in the baby’s throat that the child couldn’t have done to himself.

    John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in Mayo is accused of murdering his six month old by placing two different tissues in his mouth.

    It’s the Prosecution’s case that John Tighe murdered his six month old son Joshua by placing a wad of tissue into his mouth at their Mayo home in June 2013.
    The 40 year old has pleaded not guilty and told gardai he believed his son started choking after he swallowed a wipe while he had gone to the bathroom.
    A paediatric pathologist Dr Roger David Gibbs Malcomson gave evidence to the court this afternoon via video link of analysing baby Joshuas’ post mortem results.
    He said there was damage to the back of the baby’s throat which had been caused by traumatic injury – a physical application of force – which the baby wouldn’t have been able to do to himself.
    He also said it wasn’t credible that a 6 month old could ingest two different tissues and cause an obstruction. 
    Under cross examination, the medical expert agreed someone who is panicking when resuscitating a baby may be a bit more heavy handed than someone who is calm or trained.

  • The Prosecution has begun its closing speech in the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his baby son five years ago.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old Joshua in June 2013 by placing two tissues in his mouth.

    The Prosecution barrister told the jury there are ten inconsistencies in the various accounts given by Mr Tighe about what happened that day.

    He also said the baby's mother had indicated she was in a new relationship on Facebook the day before the death.

  • The trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his baby son has heard a 'bolus' of tissue was removed from the baby's throat during a post mortem.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo denies murdering six month old Joshua in June 2013.

    It's the Prosecution's case that John Tighe murdered his six month old son Joshua by placing a 'bolus' of tissue in his throat.

    Mr Tighe denies this, and maintains what happened was an accident.

    He made an emergency call on the day in question saying he believed his baby was choking after he had swallowed a baby wipe, while his back was turned for a second.

    Garda Fergus Maloney told the court he took photos as a post mortem was carried out on baby Joshua at Mayo General Hospital.

    He said his photos show an exhibit was removed from the baby's throat.

    He said this obstruction appeared to be 5.5cm in length and 3.5 cm in height and said it seemed to compile of tissue.

    A baby gro and an outer garment Joshua was wearing on the day he died were also shown to the jury.

    A forensic officer said he analysed blood which was on the clothing and said it matched the DNA profile of the sixth month old.

     

  • The trial of a Mayo man, accused of murdering his baby son, is in its closing stages at the Central Criminal Court.

    Yesterday, the prosecution said the death of 6-month old baby Joshua was not a simple accident, but murder.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering six month old Joshua in June 2013 by placing two tissues in his mouth.

    In his closing speech, the Prosecuting barrister Paul Murray said there are ten inconsistencies with what the accused says happened that day and also asked the jury to look at the medical evidence.

    But the accused's barrister Mícheál P O’Higgins said John Tighe is a well-regarded man who rang doctors on the day his baby died which doesn't chime with an intention to kill.

    He also said the accused got back with the baby's mother after his death and they had another child together - saying she would hardly do that if she felt her partner was a baby killer.

    Mr O'Higgins will complete his closing speech in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy today.

     

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    The trial is due to get underway today of a Mayo man, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering his baby son five years ago.

    40-year old John Tighe  of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis pleaded not guilty to murdering baby Joshua at their home in June 2013.

    A jury was sworn in yesterday to hear the case at the Central Criminal Court.

    Justice Patrick McCarthy said the trial is likely to last two weeks.