Thursday 2 October 2014

Coroner warns family of slain 'Fat Deccy' of 'distressing' inquest report

Real IRA gangster was shot in the face outside a creche last March and died one week later

Published 20/06/2014 | 17:51

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Paramedics attend shooting victim ‘Fat Deccy’ Smith at Holywell Avenue in Donaghmede
Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith
Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith

Real IRA gangster Declan Smith died from gunshot wounds to the face and neck, his inquest has heard.

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Smith (32) of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, and originally from Belfast, who was also known as “Fat Deccy”, was shot in the face by a masked man after dropping his son off at the Little Rainbows Creche, Holywell Avenue, in Donaghmede, north Dublin, on the morning of Friday, March 21 this year.

He survived for a week but eventually succumbed to his injuries at Beaumont Hospital on the evening of Thursday, March 28.

He was a known associated of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan and his death is believed to have been part of a feud with a rival gang. 

At the opening of the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, his mother Anne Smith told the coroner that she identified the body of her son shortly after 7pm on the day of his death.

The court heard that the post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy at the Dublin city mortuary in Marino.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell warned the family that the cause of death given in her preliminary report is “distressing” before going on to say that Smith died from "shotgun injuries to the face and neck". 

Detective Inspector Tony Howard confirmed that gardaí are pursuing a homicide investigation and inquiries are “very active and ongoing”.

He requested a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow time for the investigation to continue.

Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on December 15.

Meanwhile the opening of the inquest into the death of window cleaner John O’Regan (48) from Barnwell Gardens in Ballymun, Dublin 11, heard that he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Mr O’Regan, who was not known by gardaí to be involved in organised crime, was gunned down by a lone assailant as he cycled to work in Ballymun shortly before 9am on April 15.

His partner Jackie Hogg was visibly upset as she took to the witness box to confirm that she had identified Mr O’Regan’s body at the Mater Hospital on the day of his death.

The body was taken to Tallaght Hospital where the post-mortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Dr Farrell told the family that he has given the cause of death in his preliminary report as “multiple gunshot wounds”.

Detective Inspector Gus Keane requested a six month adjournment of the inquest saying that a criminal investigation is being pursued by gardaí with several lines of inquiry underway.

Dr Farrell put the matter in for further mention on December 15.

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