Gangland gun victim 'got bullet in the post'
GARDAI are investigating whether murdered father-of- two Darren Falsey received a bullet in the post last month.
Mr Falsey (37), was gunned down after he answered the front door of his Co Cork home on Wednesday.
He was shot three times with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. It is believed the killer stood over him to fire the third execution-style round.
The gunman is believed to have had his victim's home in Ashbourne Court, Carrigaline under surveillance for some time and stalked him back from Cork city.
Detectives are investigating a report that Mr Falsey -- who was associated with a drugs gang on Cork's southside -- received a bullet in the post last month as a grim warning.
They are trying to determine a motive for the gangland-style killing amid speculation that he may have owed money to a senior criminal or was the victim of a feud.
While the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the killing of Cork drug dealer Gerard 'Topper' Staunton (42) in January 2010, no one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's murder.
Although the Real IRA has levelled threats against at least six people involved in the drugs trade in the greater Cork area, it is understood that Mr Falsey was not one of them.
He had spent Wednesday morning in Cork city with his partner, Lorraine, and her child. He changed his plans and decided to return home alone after visiting a friend in Cork Prison.
He was shot dead during the 45-minute period in which he was alone at Ashbourne Court.
Because of the nature of his wounds -- one in the head and two in the side -- gardai believe Mr Falsey may have realised he was in danger after opening the door and tried to flee from his assailant.
His partner discovered him lying in a pool of blood between the hallway and sitting room at 2.45pm.
A garda source said that Mr Falsey was in an upstairs room when the killer called -- and most likely did not check to see who was at the front door before he opened it.
There was no security surveillance system fitted to the house.
The Falsey family have again appealed for privacy -- describing the victim as "an out and out family man".
Details of Mr Falsey's funeral are not being released and the family stressed that it will be for immediate relatives only.
They have also appealed to friends and neighbours not to post comments about the tragedy on any social networking sites.
Mr Falsey's two children live with his former partner in Cork city.