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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Dead paedophile linked to 30-year-old mystery

Cathal McMahon and Paul Williams

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Missing since 1986: Philip Cairns
Missing since 1986: Philip Cairns

DNA found on the schoolbag of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns (13) will prove central to corroborating that he was murdered by notorious paedophile Eamon 'Captain' Cooke.

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Gardaí are investigating whether Cooke (79), who died last week, was responsible for killing the schoolboy in his radio studios in Inchicore in October 1986. The schoolboy vanished without a trace as he walked back to his school Coláiste Éanna in Rathfarnham on October 23, 1986.

His schoolbag was found dumped in a laneway close to his home on Ballyroan Road six days later. After decades of mystery surrounding the case, a woman came forward to gardaí at Terenure in May and nominated Cooke as a suspect in the schoolboy's death. Gardaí interviewed Cooke twice in the weeks before he died, giving him a number of opportunities to tell them what happened.

The investigation will now centre on the schoolbag, from which three DNA profiles have been obtained.

Irish Independent

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