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'I want justice for my daddy,' girl (9) tells bonfire killers

David Raleigh

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Alan Hannan with his two grandaughters Tianna (7) and Nikita (9). His son Jeffrey died after an unprovoked attack near his home in Limerick in November 2007
Alan Hannan with his two grandaughters Tianna (7) and Nikita (9). His son Jeffrey died after an unprovoked attack near his home in Limerick in November 2007
Geoffrey (Jeffrey Hannan) Hannon RIP who body was found in the southill area

The daughter of an innocent man beaten to death with an axe has called on her father's killer to give himself up to gardaí.

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Eight years ago, Jeffrey Hannan was set upon in an unprovoked attack after he attended a house party and a bonfire near his home in O'Malley Park, Limerick.

He was only 19 years old at the time.

Speaking yesterday on the anniversary of the murder, the victim's nine-year-old daughter Nikita said she wants to see justice for her father.

Addressing her father's killer, courageous Nikita said: "Step forward and tell [gardaí] what you have done."

"I want justice for my daddy," she added.

Nikita, who celebrated her First Holy Communion last May, said: "I didn't want to make my Communion without my dad. It was a heartbreaking day. I really, really miss him.

"It's just heartbreaking that you have no dad, and people talk about your dad and they pass you and they just keep their head down and stare at you."

Jeffrey Hannan had no involvement in crime and was a devoted young father.

Gardaí have arrested more than 20 people, but no one has been charged in relation to his death.

Jeffrey's devastated father, Alan, who has continued to campaign for justice for his son, even when he faced intimidation for doing so, again appealed for witnesses to give information to gardaí.

He said: "The killer is still walking around. They are still living in the same area ... I pass them in the street most days. It kills me.

"When Jeffrey's daughters are opening their Christmas presents on Christmas morning, the first thing they ask about is their father, and why he is not there to open the presents with them."

Alan said that the psychological strain on himself and his family has been huge.

Investigating officers believe they know who killed the young father, but need specific information to prove their case.

Nikita added: "We are trying to get justice for eight years. No one can sleep and we can't stop praying," she said.

"There's other people out there that got killed before my daddy, and they got justice, and it's not fair that we have not got justice for eight years."

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