Friday 23 June 2017

More time for murder quiz

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

GARDAI were last night given permission to continue questioning a man about the shotgun murder of a mother of one discovered in the boot of her car.

A special district court sitting approved a request by investigating officers to extend his period of detention.

The 45-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday night after Helen Donegan's body was found in the boot of a car at a rented garage in Newcastle, Co Dublin. He is being questioned at Clondalkin garda station under section 50 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allows gardai to hold him without charge for up to seven days.

Ms Donegan, who was from Ballyfermot but lived in a rented house at St Patrick's Park in Celbridge, Co Kildare, was formally identified yesterday.

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy had earlier confirmed that she had been killed by a single shotgun blast to the chest.

Gardai believe the 30-year-old woman was murdered shortly after she went missing from her house on May 6.

Her disappearance was reported to gardai 11 days later.

Later that day, gardai recovered a shotgun, which they now believe was used in her murder. Forensic tests are being carried out on the gun to determine if it was the murder weapon.

Tests have also been carried out on two cars in which the body had been concealed before the grim discovery in the garage at Kilmactalway, Aylmer Road, Newcastle, on Tuesday evening.

Irish Independent

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