Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The Murder of Sinead Healy

On 18 October 2000, Sinead Healy was murdered at her home in Hammersmith, London.

After Kenneth Lynch strangled and then bludgeoned his occasional girlfriend to death, he wrapped her in a bed sheet and hid her body in a wheelie-bin.

The next day he dumped it at the side of the A40, as he drove himself back to the jail from which he had been out on temporary release.

Sinead was found five months later.

Jailing Lynch for life, Judge Gerald Forrester said:

“You murdered Sinead Healy... a woman you told the jury in the course of your evidence you were very fond of and cared for. Nothing could have been further from the truth."
At the time of the killing, Lynch was on a four-day period of home leave from Springhill Prison where he was serving a sentence for handling stolen goods. He had been working at a car dealership in Slough on his days out as part of a scheme to integrate prisoners back into the community in preparation for their release.

Lynch, a previous offender, turned and grinned at his family as he was taken to the cells.

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