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Detectives find new leads in brutal 'knife and crossbow' murder of Shaun Duffy (36)

Stephen Maguire

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

Shaun Duffy was killed with a knife and a crossbow
Shaun Duffy was killed with a knife and a crossbow

Gardaí have made a breakthrough into one of the country's most gruesome murders.

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A number of people have recently been interviewed in connection with the callous killing of undertaker Shaun Duffy in Co Donegal.

Mr Duffy (36) was killed at his home in Meenacross outside Dungloe in 2005.

The bachelor had been attacked with a knife and a crossbow and left to die in a pool of blood.

An inquest into Mr Duffy's death painted a harrowing picture of how his body had been found at his home, which was splattered with his blood.

Gardaí have spent the past six months gathering fresh information and are interviewing new witnesses following an appeal on January 29, the eleventh anniversary of the murder.

Mr Duffy's body was initially found by family members on the afternoon of January 29, 2005.

Gardaí have carried out a massive investigation into who could have killed the former undertaker and part-time bouncer.

Over 1,430 lines of enquiry have been pursued and 670 witnesses have been interviewed since the brutal murder.

An inquest in 2010 concluded that Mr Duffy's death was due to unlawful killing due to multiple stab wounds to the body and blunt force trauma to the head.

As part of their ongoing investigative process, gardaí began a review of the unsolved case.

The review is being overseen by Superintendent David Kelly of Milford Garda Station.

Since the appeal was issued new witnesses have come forward with information, which has generated several new lines of enquiry.

Irish Independent

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