Thursday 21 September 2017

Killers ferried body in victim's car

Detectives believe father-of-one was murdered soon after he went missing

Tom Brady and Fergus Black

THE man whose remains were found in the Dublin mountains was murdered shortly after he went missing, gardai now believe.

Gardai are also now satisfied that the father-of-one was murdered in the south Dublin suburb of Tallaght.

Officers believe that after Ken Fetherston (26) was killed, his body was bundled into the back of his red Honda Civic and taken to the Military Road in the mountains and dumped there. The killers then drove his car to a lay-by off the N11, near Gorey, Co Wexford, in an effort to lay a false trail.

The victim, who is the father of a three-year-old daughter, was killed by thugs because they owed him money.

It is believed the debt was more than €10,000, and the cash was from an accident compensation claim paid to Mr Fetherston.

On the day Mr Fetherston disappeared he had been planning to meet with his acquaintances to discuss the repayment of the loan.

On the morning of September 22 last he left his home at the Tallaght Cross Hotel apartment complex at around 9am and drove to Landy's industrial estate on the Knocklyon Road. He was last seen there around 10am at a car repair business and his car was captured on CCTV footage at a filling station in the area.

Mr Fetherston was reported missing by his family the following day but the car was not found for a further three days.

Heartache

The victim's blood was found in the boot of the car and also on the rear bumper. His car keys, mobile phone and crutch have not been located.

Last night, the victim's father, Brian Fetherston, thanked the woman who found his son's remains on the bleak mountainside for "bringing him home".

And Mr Fetherston senior pleaded with the courts to impose tougher sentences to ensure that when the perpetrators of serious crime were jailed they would remain "locked up".

He said that while the discovery of his son's remains was a great relief to the family, they were also aware of the heartache other families with missing loved ones were going through. But the family still do not know when they will be able to receive his remains to prepare for his funeral.

"At this point Ken is still part of a crime scene, and we don't know yet when we will have him back." Thanking his son's friends for their support over the past five months, he said: "They are just as shattered as we all are. It's a very difficult time.

"Ken was one of the most genuine people you could ever hope to meet. He was just an incredible guy."

Mr Fetherston senior added that his son had been laid up for over a month with a broken foot prior to his disappearance. And the day he tried to get his money back was the last day his family saw him alive.

Irish Independent

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