Sunday 19 November 2017

Nightmare of mum who killed nephew and niece in crash

A MUM who killed her niece and nephew in a crash , is "living a nightmare every single day", her family revealed.

Vera Murden was convicted of dangerous driving causing the deaths of the two young children and is now facing time behind bars.

Jenna (4) and Jayden Casey Murden (1), lost their lives after being involved in the tragic crash in 2009.

Ms Murden (40) was driving the car in which the children were travelling when it crashed into a wall.

"She’s living a nightmare every day," the children’s devastated grandmother, Barbara Murden, told the Herald.

"She would never harm those kids,” Barbara added.

The Murden family was left devastated in March 2009 when Jenna and Jayden lost their battle for life following the horrific car crash two months earlier.

They had spent several weeks on life support at Temple Street Hospital.

The pair were accompanied in the car by their brother John (13) and cousin's Chloe (11) and Conor (11), all of whom survived.

The Hyundai SUV, driven by Ms Murden, crashed into the wall of a former pub with a witness claiming it was travelling at “excessive” speeds.

Ms Murden was yesterday found guilty of dangerous driving at Dundalk District Court and faces sentencing in April.

However, her devastated mother Barbara today spoke about the family's fears that she will be handed a jail sentence.

“My heart is broken. All our hearts are broken. You can't imagine the extent that this has destroyed our family,” Barbara told the Herald.

“Vera would never do anything to harm those children whom she loved dearly. She can't sleep. She's living a nightmare every day.

“We are all behind her. The whole family knows she would never hurt anyone.”

Barbara said that “her heart goes out” to Vera's children who are “terrified” she will be sent to prison.


“Think about what it would do to young Conor, who was in the car at the time, if he saw his mother go to jail. It would break his heart.”

Brave Conor touched the hearts of many by battling his way to a full recovery following the crash.

He underwent several operations at Crumlin Children’s Hospital having suffered a severed windpipe and broken neck.

Speaking to the Herald today, Vera Murden's brother Sean said that his sister was “already serving a life sentence” for the incident.

“It's extremely hard to be honest. The family has been hit very hard for this.”

A jury yesterday took little over two hours to find Vera Murden guilty.

The crash occurred in Dundalk at around 4pm on January 31, 2009.

It emerged that there were no child or booster seats in the car nor was there damage to the vehicle's seatbelts.

A consultant engineer who examined the car found deposits of oil in the engine intercooler. Hyundai accepted a problem with oil in the engine could cause it to overrun.

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