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Crevan Mackin savagely assaulted his partner, but nobody was expecting armed confrontation

Published 13/10/2015 | 02:30

Adrian Crevan Mackin
Adrian Crevan Mackin

Adrian Crevan Mackin had savagely assaulted his partner Siobhan Phillips just two nights before the shooting incident that claimed two lives and left her critically ill in hospital.

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Less than an hour before she was shot, Siobhan Phillips had told Garda Tony Golden at her local station in Omeath, Co Louth, how she had been physically assaulted on Friday night.

As a result of the incident on Friday, she had left the house at Mullach Alainn in Omeath, and returned to her family home in Blackrock, outside Dundalk.

She made arrangements to call to Omeath station on Sunday afternoon and arrived there with her father.

Siobhan made a written complaint about the assault to Garda Tony Golden, who was on his own in the station at the time.

Another colleague had been called out to deal with a separate inquiry on Sunday evening.

After the complaint was completed, Garda Golden accompanied Siobhan and her father to Mullach Alainn at around 6pm to ensure she was not physically attacked again while she collected her clothes and a few belongings from the house.

Her father stayed in the car, which was parked just outside the house, while Garda Golden accompanied Siobhan into the building.

Siobhan walked upstairs to collect her clothes from her bedroom.

That is where she was confronted by Mackin, who was wielding an illegally held handgun.

She was shot in the head and fell to the ground.

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The Book of Condolences for the late Garda Anthony Golden at Dundalk Garda Station, Co. Louth. Photo: Caroline Quinn
The Book of Condolences for the late Garda Anthony Golden at Dundalk Garda Station, Co. Louth. Photo: Caroline Quinn
An Irish flag flies at half mast at Dundalk Garda Station, in honour of the late Garda Anthony Golden. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
People arrive at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Archdeacon of Dublin David Pierpoint arriving at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
The scene of the shooting in Omeath, Co Louth
Flowers are left at the scene of the shooting of Garda Tony Golden in Omeath
Gardai at the estate entrance at the scene of the fatal shooting involving Garda Tony Golden at Mullach Alainn housing estate in Omeath Co Louth. Pic Steve Humphreys 12th October 2015.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station during a press conference on the death of Garda Tony Golden
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the shooting of Gda Tony Golden in Omeath, Co Louth
Flowers are left at Omeath Garda Station
Tony Golden was the 88th member of the force to be killed in the line of duty
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the fatal shooting in Omeath Co Louth. Pic Steve Humphreys 12th October 2015.

Fatal

Garda Golden ran to climb up the stairs after hearing the shooting.

But he was shot fatally by the suspected terrorist as he made his way to the steps. Mackin then shot himself.

Outside in the car, Siobhan's father heard shouting initially, followed by several shots and immediately made a 999 call on his mobile phone.

The first to arrive on the scene was Garda Golden's Omeath colleague, who desperately attempted to resuscitate him.

Officers from Dundalk then reached the house and the grim details of the tragedy began to unfold fully.

Last night investigating officers were trying to establish the exact circumstances in which the three shootings took place.

Floral tributes left outside Omeath Garda Station
Floral tributes left outside Omeath Garda Station
Officers at the scene in Omeath, Co Louth
Gardai at the entrance this morning to Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the entrance this morning to Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the entrance thi morning to Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the entrance this morning to Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene in the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. A woman was also seriously injured in the incident. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the entrance this morning to Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co. Louth where a Garda was shot dead in a murder suicide incident last night. A woman was also seriously injured in the incident. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ballistic tests are meanwhile being carried out on the handgun, which was taken from the scene by forensic experts. for further inquiries.

Gardai are hoping to determine the history of the firearm and, with the help of the PSNI, establish if it had been used in any other incidents on either side of the Border.

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Assaulted

A senior garda officer said last that Tony Golden's function in accompanying Siobhan Phillips to the house was to ensure she was not assaulted while she was collecting her clothing.

As a result of the complaint, this would have been treated as an alleged domestic abuse incident.

It is clear that he would not have known or suspected that he was likely to be confronted by Mackin, armed with a handgun.

The officer said that Garda Golden and Mackin would have known each other.

He stressed that it was not unusual in a small rural area for a garda to travel on his own to the scene of a reported domestic incident.

The station party in Omeath consists of one sergeant and three gardaí, two of whom were on duty there on Sunday afternoon.

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