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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Serious Crime Review Team: the completed files

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

Deirdre Jacob
Deirdre Jacob

Deirdre Jacob: Deirdre, 18, vanished on July 28, 1998 in Newbridge, Co Kildare. A student teacher in the UK, she posted a bank draft for her rent deposit, visited her grandmother and was last seen at the gates to her family home but it is believed she never got inside. A cold case review was completed in June, and gardai in Kildare are following up on its recommendations.

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Desmond Fox: The 47-year-old bookmaker from Dungannon was on his way to a race meet at the Curragh, Co Kildare, when he was murdered on September 30, 1990. He was ambushed at Healy's Bridge in Prosperous, Co Kildare by a gang who robbed him of IR£20,000 and shot him in the thigh. The bullet severed an artery and he bled to death. His killers were never found. A cold case review was completed earlier this year.

Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy. Photo: GreenGraph
Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy. Photo: GreenGraph

 

Eileen Costello O'Shaughnessy: Eileen, a 47-year-old taxi driver, was murdered in Galway on 30 November, 1997. She called her taxi company to tell them she was taking a fare to Claregalway that evening. But her taxi was later found abandoned with the keys in the ignition and blood inside the car. Her badly beaten body was found the following day in a boreen. Gardai conducted a cold case review of the forensic evidence in the case, and a report has been sent to gardai in Galway, recommending further investigative opportunities.

 

Irene White: On April 6, 2005, Irene White, 43, was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor by her mother. The Dundalk mother-of-three was stabbed to death after dropping her children to school that morning. Her family have said they believe they know who was responsible. A cold case review of the evidence in the unsolved crime was completed last year.

Irene White
Irene White

 

Charles Brooke Pickard: Charles, 43, originally from England, lived in Castlecove in Co Kerry with his wife and four children. On April 26, 1996, a child saw masked men approaching his navy Ford Transit van and he was never seen again. His van was later found burnt out and abandoned in a forest near Waterville. Gardai believe he was abducted and murdered but the case was never solved. The Garda's cold case review was completed earlier this year and its recommendations are being followed up by detectives in Kerry. Gardai have appealed for people whose "relationships, friendships and loyalties may have changed" since his disappearance to come forward.

 

Garda Richard Fallon: On April 3, 1970, Richard Fallon, 43, was murdered when he confronted three armed raiders who robbed a bank on Arran Quay, Dublin. Three men were charged but were later acquitted. The Serious Crime Review team took on the case at the request of Richard Fallon's son, Finian, who believes that his father's killers were given special treatment by the government of the day. The case was completed in 2015.

Donegal murder victim Shaun Duffy...the house where he was murdered is now for sale.
Donegal murder victim Shaun Duffy...the house where he was murdered is now for sale.

 

Shaun Duffy: Shaun Duffy, a 36-year-old undertaker, was found murdered in his home near Dungloe, Donegal, on January 29, 2005. He was beaten, stabbed and attacked with a crossbow. Following a cold case review of the evidence in the case, gardai are hoping that new witnesses will come forward.

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