Monday 26 September 2016

Reward offered for information on farmer's murder

Published 26/05/2015 | 14:11

Crimestoppers has launched an appeal for information in relation to the murder of John Cusack in September 1995 at his farm in Murroe, Co Limerick.
Crimestoppers has launched an appeal for information in relation to the murder of John Cusack in September 1995 at his farm in Murroe, Co Limerick.

A reward has been offered for information on the murder of a father of seven almost 20 years ago.

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John Cusack was shot dead at his farm in Murroe, Co Limerick, on September 25, 1995.

The 56-year-old was found outside his back door at his farm by a local postman at 2.10pm, lying face down on the ground.

Gardai said he had been shot twice, once in the back and once in the head.

Mr Cusack was last seen by his daughter two days earlier - Saturday 23rd September - at 8.30pm when he dropped her at her flat in Limerick. 

Crimestoppers has launched an appeal for information and offered a reward for information.

Detective Inspector Eamon O'Neill, of Henry St Garda Station, said investigators are anxious to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the murder.

“To help people recall the time of year, this was the Saturday after the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Tyrone,” Det Insp O'Neill said.

“John Cusack was a man that was known far and wide throughout the country – especially among those in the farming community.

“He dealt in cattle, sheep and horses.  Had anyone an appointment to meet him that weekend and thought it unusual that he did not turn up?

“Does anyone recall having made an effort to contact him that weekend and find it unusual that they could not contact him?

“Remember this was in an era where the mobile phone was in its infancy.”

Mr Cusack was a separated father of seven.

He was a farmer involved in cattle, sheep and horse dealing and was known in the farming community throughout Limerick county.

“We believe that there are persons out there that have information that would be beneficial to the case,”  Det Insp O'Neill added.

“Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity in the run up to or between Saturday 23rd September and Monday 25th September and thought nothing of it at the time.

“Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation.”

Anybody with information can call the freephone Crimestoppers number on 1800 25 00 25  anonymously.

Callers do not need to leave their name or address, but may receive a reward for information which is significant to the investigation.

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