Psychologists convinced witness was raped

Two psychologists today told Dublin County Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty that they were in no doubt that Cynthia Owen had been raped and gave birth to a baby that had been murdered.

The inquest heard the 45-year-old told Dr Dawn Henderson that she had been the victim of satanic abuse and also mentioned a paedophile ring, details of which she did not want disclosed at the hearing.

Dr Henderson raised concerns over legal proceedings in relation to the case, and said she feared for other children in the family who were in contact with A, B, C and D.

“Cindy is not mentally ill,” said Dr Henderson, clinical psychologist with the North West Wales NHS Trust.

“In my opinion she is reacting in a normal way to a very abnormal and horrific childhood experience.”

Dr Henderson told the jury of six men and six women that over three years she had 70 sessions with Ms Owen for an hour and a half each.

“From my professional opinion she was telling the truth about her daughter and sexual abuse,” she said.

“I do not have any doubt the birth, death and disposal of her daughter. I do not know about the detail but I’m convinced of the truth of the main events.”

After her allegations emerged, gardai referred Ms Owen to a second psychologist in Dublin.

Fred Noel, retired principal psychologist with the South Dublin Psychology Service, said she gave a vivid and detailed account of giving birth.

Mr Noel recalled the horror portrayed by Ms Owen when she saw the black afterbirth and she also gave him details of having a stillborn child which had been buried in the back garden of the family home.

“She quite clearly had a disturbing childhood in a dysfunctional family.”

He adding neither he or a colleague believed she was suffering from a mental illness.

Ms Kelly quizzed Mr Noel on whether her recollection of giving birth could have resulted from the birth of a child she had with her husband some years later.

“It is possible. She certainly had given birth to a child,” he replied.

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