THE sister of “one in a million” breadman Daniel Treacy has said that his children have been left “heartbroken and devastated” following his murder.
Daniel’s sister Aisling was speaking in a victim impact statement after learning that John Coughlan (33, Pineview Gardens, Moyross, Limerick had been convicted of his murder – and had been handed down a mandatory life sentence.
“Daniel loved life, he lived for his beautiful children Danielle and Kieran, his partner Amanda, his family and his occupation as a baker and deliveryman,” she said.
Ashling thanked the jury and the gardai for giving her and her family justice today as Daniel’s death has left them with “anguish and loss that cannot be adequately described”
“We now live a life of unending sorrow, grief, heartache and sadness...knowing that Daniel is no longer with us.”
Innocent Daniel (35) was gunned down and killed by Mr Coughlan at 630am on the morning of February 22, 2010 as he attempted to go about his bread deliveries.
He was in a Topaz garage in Caherdavin, Ennis Road when Mr Coughlan walked in and shot him three times in the head and once in the groin with a handgun at close range before driving off.
Ashling said that the lives of Daniel’s children “would never be the same again” and their father would not be around to see them through significant milestones. “Daniel was not here to see his son Kieran make his first Holy Communion, instead he had to visit his father’s grave.”
Ashling said that Daniel’s partner Amanda now “has to live her life without her best friend and partner who she loved and adored with all her heart.”
“Daniel was one in a million, he had a smile that would light up the room and was genuinely a great friend for life,” she said.
It is believed that the motive for Daniel’s murder was revenge for the 2005 killing of Darren Coughlan where three young men beat the teenage apprentice electrician to death.