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Saturday 3 December 2016

Murdered man 'lured to meet killers' before being stabbed, burned

Robin Schiller

Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí search undergrowth in Rahin Woods, Co Kildare, after the discovery of Philip Finnegan’s body. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins
Gardaí search undergrowth in Rahin Woods, Co Kildare, after the discovery of Philip Finnegan’s body. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí believe that murdered man Philip Finnegan may have travelled to meet his killers on the day of his disappearance.

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The body of Finnegan (24) was discovered in the Rahin Woods area of Co Kildare last Friday evening by a walker.

Philip Finnegan
Philip Finnegan

He had been missing from his home in Mary Aikenhead House since August 10, and was reported missing to authorities the following day.

Gardaí are investigating whether members of the Rattigan gang are responsible for the gruesome murder, and if Finnegan (inset) arranged to meet his killers by appointment.

Speaking at the scene where his remains were recovered, Chief Supt Barry McPolin appealed for any members of the public with information in relation to the murder to come forward.

"We are appealing to any person who would have known Philip or would have information about his death or his associates to come forward and contact gardaí.

"We want to say that Philip Finnegan was a son, a father to small children and he is sadly missed by his family. His life was snuffed out and left here in Rahin Woods and we're determined to get to the bottom of it," the Chief Supt said.

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"He was (known to gardaí) but obviously that does not excuse the manner of which he died or indeed why he died," he added.

It is understood that Finnegan left his home in the Kevin Street area on the morning of August 10, and travelled to the Rahin Woods area by car.

Gardaí have said that they are not releasing the results of a post mortem examination, which was conducted in Naas General Hospital this week.

It is being investigated whether his killers were disturbed while trying to bury his body, which had been burned.

Finnegan was aware his life was under threat, and had been wearing a bullet proof vest when he was killed.

A number of motives are being investigated; one line of inquiry will examine if Finnegan was murdered by his associates in a dispute over money.

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