Partner of murdered GAA star awarded €90k insurance policy held by killer
Published 21/10/2016 | 19:13
The partner of a GAA football star who was shot dead in a taxi five years ago has secured a High Court decree for a payout of a €90,000 insurance policy held by the gunman.
James Hughes was blasted with a shotgun in Dundalk, Co Louth, on December 11, 2011.
He was captain of Crossmaglen Rangers GAA Club in south Armagh and won three All Ireland club medals.
Shane Rogers of Iniskeen, Monaghan, the High Court heard, went to a garda station later and was charged with his murder.
Nine days after the shooting, Rogers was found hanging in a cell at Cloverhill Courthouse in Dublin. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross has made an order for the payout of the €90,244 insurance policy held by Shane Rogers to the Jennifer McMullan, Mr Hughes' partner, and to Mr Hughes' three sons.
Ms McMullan, Annavale Green, Keady , Co Armagh, waived her right to the money which is to be divided between the three sons.
Ms McMullan had sued the personal representative of the estate of the late Shane Rogers over the shooting in a housing estate in Dundalk.
Senior counsel, Jonathon Kilfeather, told the court that Ms McMullan was the mother of two of Mr Hughes' sons. Mr Hughes was also the father of another boy from a previous relationship.
Judgment had been obtained in the case in June when the administrator of the Rogers estate had indicated he was not going to defend the case. It was before the court on Friday for assessment of damages only.
Counsel said Rogers had an insurance policy worth €90,224 which the insurance company had said it would not pay out until a court order had been made.
It had now been agreed by the family the proceeds be divided equally between the three sons, Darragh, Lee and Tiernan, counsel said.
Counsel said Ms McMullan had waived any right in relation to it.
The shooting had occurred in in the Cluain Ard, Lis na Mara, housing estate shortly before 4am when a taxi carrying Mr Hughes and a woman had pulled up there. One shot was fired at the taxi and the gunman then chased after the taxi and fired another shot.
The two other people in the taxi were also injured.