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Mum-of-one Sonia died of ‘suffocation and strangulation’

A YOUNG mother who was found dead in a Tallaght hotel died as a result of strangulation and suffocation, an inquest heard.

Sonia Blount (30), a mother of a three-year-old boy, from Colbertsfort, Tallaght, Dublin 24 was found dead in a room at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght on February 16 this year.

Eric Locke (31) of St John’s Park East, Clondalkin, is currently before the courts charged with her murder.

At the opening of the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Ms Blount’s father, Christopher Blount, told the coroner that he identified the body of his daughter at Tallaght Hospital shortly on February 17.

State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy carried out the post-mortem. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that her preliminary report gives the cause of death as “asphyxia due to compression of the neck and suffocation”.

Detective Inspector John Walsh confirmed that a person is before the courts charged with the murder and applied for an indefinite adjournment of the inquest to allow criminal proceedings to take place.

Dr Farrell offered his sympathies to the family and told them that he is aware of some of the circumstances of the death but is unable to comment while criminal proceedings are ongoing.


The inquest was adjourned without a date until the criminal trial is completed.

During her funeral in February, mourners were told how Ms Blount “idolised” her son and lived for her family.

An ornate horse-drawn carriage brought the beautiful young woman from Tallaght, in west Dublin, on her final journey.

Mourners gathered in the Holy Rosary Church, in Ballycragh, heard that she had lived for her young son, Jake, who turned three shortly before his mother was killed.

There were emotional scenes as a heartfelt eulogy outlined the love shown by the young mother.

“Anyone who knew Sonia well knew she loved all things girly - shopping, tan, make-up - and any place that accepted all major credit cards,” her brother-in-law Nick said.

“Most of all, she had an amazing love for her family and friends and would do anything to make people happy.”