Four family members quizzed over debt murder
FOUR members of a family were questioned yesterday by gardai investigating the murder of Ken Fetherston, whose remains were found in the Dublin Mountains last month.
Gardai believe the father of one was murdered in the south Dublin suburb of Tallaght shortly after he went missing last September.
His body was bundled into the back of his red Honda Civic car and taken to the Military Road in the Dublin Mountains and dumped there.
Two brothers were still being questioned about the murder last night at Tallaght and Rathfarnham stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
The suspects, in their 20s, were arrested yesterday. A decision on their fate must be made today.
Their mother was detained on Wednesday in Gorey, Co Wexford, under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on suspicion of withholding information about the crime. She was also taken to Tallaght. She can be held without charge for a maximum of three days.
Her husband was arrested in Rathfarnham on Wednesday for questioning and held overnight in Tallaght.
He was released without charge yesterday afternoon. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought against him.
Mr Fetherston (26), the father of a three-year-old girl, was killed by thugs because they owed him money and turned down his request to be paid because he was "flat broke".
The size of the debt has not been fully established but Mr Fetherston's father, Brian, is satisfied that it was in excess of €10,000.
The cash came from an accident compensation claim paid to Mr Fetherston.
He left his home at the Tallaght Cross Hotel apartment complex after 9am on September 22 last and drove to Landys Industrial Estate in Knocklyon. He was last seen there around 10am at a car repair business.
After he was murdered, the killers drove his car to a lay-by off the N11 road, near Gorey, in an effort to lay a false trail for gardai and his family and friends, who were searching for him.
Mr Fetherston was reported missing by his family the following day, but the car was not found for a further three days even though gardai believe it could have been abandoned there within hours of the murder.
The victim's blood was found in the boot of his car and also on the rear bumper.