€30,000 found as gardai probe debt motive for father's killing
Published 11/08/2011 | 05:00
GARDAI are trawling through the financial affairs of murdered father-of-two Darren Falsey amid increasing indications his killing may be linked to a debt owed to a major criminal.
Mr Falsey died after being shot three times -- twice in the torso and once in the head -- on August 3 at his rented home in Ashbourne Court, Carrigaline, Co Cork.
Detectives believe it was a professional killing given that a semi-automatic gun was used, possibly equipped with a silencer. One theory is that a Cork-based crime boss brought in a Dublin or Limerick gunman to carry out the killing.
The 37-year-old former schools rugby player was associated with a major drugs gang on Cork's southside and gardai are probing reports that he owed money -- possibly as much as €80,000 -- to the gangland figure.
Gardai have recovered €30,000 in cash from a freezer stored in a locked premises at Riverstick in Cork.
Detectives are trying to determine the precise source of the cash and whether it may be linked to a motive for Mr Falsey's murder. The victim -- a keen hunting fan -- regularly used the facility for kennelling dogs he used.
However, a garda source said that despite the increasing interest in Mr Falsey's financial affairs and the possibility of him having a drug-related debt, no line of inquiry had been ruled out.