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Pensioner died after hospital stabbing

A PENSIONER died after being stabbed by a patient at Tallaght hospital, an inquest has heard.

Retired CIE worker Jim McGrane, of College Park in Terenure, was himself a in-patient in the hospital when he was stabbed by a fellow patient.

The 73-year-old died eight months later and a post mortem by state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy found that he had suffered a "delayed death following a stab wound to the neck".

Her findings were disputed by the dead man's family, who said Mr McGrane had sustained stab wounds to vertebrae in his upper back.

The deceased man was a patient in Tallaght hospital's psychiatric unit when the stabbing occurred on May 11, 2010.

He died on January 12 this year at St Vincent's hospital in Dublin.

Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda station said the incident was currently before the courts and made an application for an adjournment.

"An assault case is before the courts, but the DPP will have to review the case now that the person who was assaulted has died," said Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell.

The McGrane family, through counsel for the family, Joe O'Malley, said their father, husband and father had never returned home following the incident.

"He was in an out of St Vincent's Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Centre since the stabbing," the family added.

The case has been adjourned until Monday, April 4.

csheehy@herald.ie