Five quizzed after former GAA star killed in Namibia
Published 02/09/2013 | 05:00
FIVE men are being questioned by police after a former GAA star was beaten, shot and killed in an attack in Namibia.
The victim was former garda Ray Prendiville, from Scartaglen in Co Kerry, who won a Munster Championship medal in 1975.
There was a minute's silence for him at the All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Dublin at Croke Park yesterday.
Mr Prendiville (60) was gunned down in a flat in the tourist resort area of Walvis Bay, a town with a population of around 85,000.
Five employees of a logistics company co-owned by Mr Prendiville are assisting with inquiries, local police said.
Mr Prendiville was shot dead on Friday, just five days after arriving in the country, said local deputy police commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa.
"Mr Prendiville arrived here on August 26 at the invitation of his business partner. They co-own a business known as SMF Investment," she said. His business partner survived the incident which happened at his flat in Hage Geingob Street.
It is understood that a group of men, two wearing camouflage uniforms, burst in shortly before the fatal shooting.
"The case is ongoing. Nothing was stolen during the incident," said a police spokesman.
Hundreds of foreign security companies operate throughout Namibia working in the diamond, gold and silver mining industries.
Independent TD Tom Fleming knew the murdered man. "He was an outstanding footballer. He wore the Kerry jersey, back with the advent of the great Kerry team of the early 70s," he said.
"Ray would have a Munster Championship medal and he also played with the local club back in Scartaglen and was also with the garda team in the Dublin county championship."
Mr Prendiville scored a goal for Kerry in his only senior championship appearance in a win against Tipperary in June 1975.
Kerry GAA spokesman John O'Leary said: "My personal recollection of Ray was that game against Tipp. There were very few hopes for the team in 1975 but they went up there and barely scraped out of it.
"That win spurred the team on and they went on to win the All-Ireland that year."
Mr Prendiville had served An Garda Siochana in both Dublin and Waterford before retiring several years ago.
"He was a big strapping man and in that situation in Namibia he wouldn't have taken any of that lying down, he would have fought back," said one ex-garda who knew him. "It's very, very sad. Ray was a lovely man and a good guard."
The Department of Foreign Affairs is liaising with his nephew Billy and his family in his native Kerry.
The department said it was also liaising with the Namibian authorities.