Plastic Bag Killers Are Jailed

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Two women who pleaded guilty to killing a man by suffocating him with a plastic bag have each been sentenced to six years in prison.

35 year old Anna Marie Pezzillo, of no fixed abode, and 35 year old Rachel Comiskey, with an address at Dodsboro Cottages, Lucan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 32 year old Ian Quinn at Annally Grove, Ongar, Dublin 15 between May 30 and 31, 2014

The final two years of Ms Pezillo’s sentence will be suspended on the condition that she abide by the directions of the probation services, abstain from illegal drugs and submit to any drug treatment programme recommended by the probation service.n

During a sentence hearing last month, the Court heard that Pezillo and Comiskey emerged from the flat at Annally Grove in the early hours of May 31, 2014 and got a passerby to call emergency services.

When emergency services arrived Mr Quinn’s body, cold and showing signs of rigor mortis, was in a bedroom dressed in boxer shorts.

At the scene one of the women said, “We had a bag over his head,” and when they spoke to gardaí at the scene they said they had been drinking vodka for two days and taking tranquillisers.

Comiskey told gardaí that Mr Quinn was “swinging me around the place” and that they put a bag over his head and said: “How do you like it?”

Comiskey also said that she put holes in the bag to allow him to breathe and both women maintained that they hadn’t intended to kill him but wanted to frighten him.

The two women were arrested and questioned but subsequently released from custody.

She said all three of them had been drinking and taking tablets and fell asleep. When they woke up Mr Quinn had wet himself and Comiskey took his jeans and top off.

Mr Quinn became annoyed and a fight broke out. Pezillo thought Mr Quinn was going to hit Comiskey so she intervened but was struck in the face.

They put two bags over his head and said to him: “How do you like it.” She said they did it for “just a few seconds” and afterwards they thought he had passed out.

The two women went to bed and when they woke up they realised he was dead and called emergency services. She said they did not intend to kill him.