Saturday 25 October 2014

Police appeal over 1987 murder

Published 11/07/2013 | 14:57

Antoinette Smith's children Lisa, left, and Rachel at Bray Garda Station for a press conference on their mother's murder in 1987

Cold case detectives want to question two men who shared a taxi with a woman on the night a young mother was brutally murdered and dumped in the Dublin mountains.

Antoinette "Angie" Smith, 27, had been partying with friends after going to see David Bowie at Slane Castle on July 11 1987, when she was last seen alive.

The mother of two young children, Lisa and Rachel, then aged seven and four, left the La Mirage nightclub in Parnell Street in the capital at around 2:15am on the night she vanished.

It was nearly a year later when her body was found, on April 3 1988, dumped in a drain by a turf-cutters' road on Glendoo Mountain, near the Lemass monument outside Enniskerry.

A taxi driver who has contacted investigators is convinced he picked up Antoinette on Westmoreland Street in the city centre at around 3:30am before she disappeared.

He told detectives she was with two men - then aged in their early twenties - and they were dropped off near the Yellow House pub in Rathfarnham, at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.

The driver said the passengers had been in Abrakebabra on Westmoreland Street and were talking about going to a house party in Rathfarnham.

Investigating gardai, who are re-examining the murder, said they are not certain it was Antoinette, and are asking those who were in the taxi to come forward.

One of the men, who would now be in their forties, was tall with dark hair and spoke with a soft Dublin accent. The other had collar length hair and was also from Dublin.

Antoinette, from Kilmahuddrick Court, Clondalkin, west Dublin, was wearing a David Bowie T-shirt, dark blue denim jeans, a denim jacket and navy blue high heels at the time of her murder.

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