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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Man accused of shooting grandmother dead had recently lost job

Cormac Murphy and Ken Foy

Published 17/03/2014 | 02:30

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The grief-stricken family of Mary Dargan (inset), including her daughter Karina (third from right) at the scene of the shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin. Caroline Quinn
16 March 2014;  GV of Garda taking body of Mary Dargan from scene of shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai taking body of Mary Dargan from scene of shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Mary Dargan

A man accused of shooting dead grandmother Mary Dargan and attempting to murder her daughter had recently lost his job.

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James Redmond, in his late 50s, is to appear before a special sitting of Dublin District Court today charged with the offences.

It is believed he had been made redundant in the past 11 months.

The shocking attack in Killinarden Estate in Tallaght, Dublin 24, did not arise out of a dispute, it is understood.

Mary Dargan (66) was shot in the head with a rifle and died instantly in her house on Saturday afternoon.

Her 27-year-old daughter Karina Dargan was also injured, with the bullet grazing the side of her head.

Karina's four-year-old daughter, Ruby, was in the house at the time but was not hurt.

They were attacked by a man who had climbed over their back garden wall and entered the house through open patio doors.

The assailant was tackled by Mary's son Gary, who was able to keep him restrained until gardai arrived.

"The grandmother's son tackled him. He has like a karate background. He saved the family," one neighbour told the Irish Independent.

There were heartbreaking scenes outside the Dargans' terraced home yesterday as family and friends gathered together.

Karina, who had been released from hospital following treatment, was wearing a bandage on the side of her head and looked inconsolable.

Her brother Gary was also there, along with more than a dozen other people.

Loud cries could be heard as the body of Mary Dargan was removed from the property shortly after midday.

The incident has left residents in the cul-de-sac in a state of shock.

"It's shocking, absolutely unbelievable. I knew the man (Mr Redmond). I often had a pint with him. He's very quiet man, a family man. The families were great friends. They were next-door neighbours," father-of-two Neville Murray (37) said.

Mr Murray said Mr Redmond and his wife have two sons and one or two daughters.

"I was in the conservatory playing with the kids and my mother came down saying there is something happening up the road.

"Then she came back 10 minutes later and said they had cordoned off the road. I went up and I was talking to one of the lads and I was just shocked. I couldn't believe it," he said.

SHOCK

"We would drink in the Killinarden pub. He was there on and off. A very quiet man. I can't believe it. I would often see him walking down with his wife," Mr Murray added.

"Everyone's in a state of shock . . . this road is so quiet. If you come down here any other day all you see is just kids running up and down playing.

"Nothing ever happens on this road. Taylor (his seven-year-old daughter) would have played with Ruby out on the road. God love her, I had to comfort her over it. She doesn't really understand but she keeps talking about it."

Another local man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I heard children screaming. I didn't really think much of it to be honest because there are loads of kids playing here. I got a knock on the door, then and all the police were there."

A garda spokesman said: "A man in his 50s is due to appear before the Dublin District Court at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, at 10.30am on Monday.

"He is charged in relation to the murder of 66-year-old Mary Dargan and the attempted murder of her 27-year-old daughter at Killinarden Estate."

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