Saturday 3 December 2016

No charges likely in murder of two cousins shot dead in petrol station in case of mistaken identity

Louise Roseingrave

Published 02/09/2016 | 11:40

Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010
Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

No criminal prosecution will take place in relation to the brutal murder of two cousins shot dead at a Dublin petrol station.

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A date has been set for an inquest into the deaths of two innocent cousins Glen Murphy (19) and Mark Noonan (23), who were shot dead on the forecourt of the Tesco Clearwater filling station on November 23, 2010.

Scene where Glen Murphy and Mark Noonan were shot dead outside Tesco Clearwater
Scene where Glen Murphy and Mark Noonan were shot dead outside Tesco Clearwater

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that no file has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the murder of the two cousins. Detective Inspector Colm Murphy of Finglas garda station said extensive investigations into the double murder were carried out but ultimately the submission of a file was unlikely.

“I don’t see a file being submitted in the near future. I think it would be prudent to set a date for the inquest hearing,” Det Insp Murphy told Deputy Dublin Coroner Dr Crona Gallagher.

The brutal shooting of the two men was the subject of a public appeal on RTE’s Crimecall and Gardai allowed additional time to investigate any information resulting before returning to the coroner’s court to request a date for hearing.

Glen Murphy and Mark Noonan were shot dead at the service station in Finglas after they went there to buy sweets and cigarettes. Mr Noonan was hit in the back of the head while Mr Murphy was shot in the head and stomach as he scrambled to get away.

Gardai believe they were followed by a gang using a tracking device which had mistakenly been put in the car they were travelling in. It is understood Mr Noonan’s car was similar to that driven by the intended targets, believed to be Coolock based drug dealers who survived several attempts on their lives between 2008 and 2010.

The double inquest will take place at Dublin Coroner’s Court and will hear details of the lead up to and the circumstances of the shooting dead of the two cousins. Deputy Coroner Dr Crona Gallagher formally adjourned the inquest for full hearing on February 15 2017.

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