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Tuesday 17 October 2017

'She was black and blue, she said he's going to kill me' - Siobhan Phillips' father describes moments leading up to horror shooting

Sean Phillips tells of his heartbreak over what happened to his daughter

Sean Phillips, whose daughter Siobhan was shot by her partner in Omeath two years ago, with his wife Norma at their home in Louth. Picture: Arthur Carron
Sean Phillips, whose daughter Siobhan was shot by her partner in Omeath two years ago, with his wife Norma at their home in Louth. Picture: Arthur Carron

Amy Molloy and Luke Byrne

The father of Siobhan Phillips has described the horrific moments leading up to his daughter's shooting, claiming gardai refused to take a statement after she was physically assaulted.

Siobhan Phillips suffered life-changing injuries the next day during an incident in which garda Tony Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin (24) in October 2015.

Ms Phillips was in a relationship with Mackin and told gardai on the day before the shooting that he had severely beaten her and threatened to kill her family.

The Phillips family are now demanding a public inquiry into how gda Tony Golden was allowed visit the gunman's house unarmed and without back-up.

Adrian Crevan Mackin, who killed Garda Tony Golden and seriously wounded Siobhan Phillips.
Adrian Crevan Mackin, who killed Garda Tony Golden and seriously wounded Siobhan Phillips.

Speaking to RTE's Primetime, Sean Phillips said he brought his daughter to Dundalk garda station to make a statement but gardai said they couldn't take a statement "at that time".

He said his daughter was "black and blue" after Mackin had physically assaulted her and she felt her life was in danger.

"How do you think it made me feel? It's ridiculous. I wanted to sort him out myself. I wanted to get this guy arrested. I couldn't recommend any father to take his daughter to the guards after what happened to us," he said.

"Something needs to be changed, there is something fundamentally wrong here."

Garda Tony Golden.
Garda Tony Golden.

An investigation by Prime Time last April raised questions about whether an attempt was made to use Mackin as an informant.

Mackin admitted possessing guns nine months previous to the shooting, but was not charged with these offences. Instead, the DPP had directed gardai to charge him with membership of the IRA. He was later granted bail.

Ms Phillips' solicitors issued a statement on her behalf, saying: "It is our firm belief that the very tragic events could and should have been prevented by An Garda Siochana. I have made progress but my recovery is far from complete. The only way forward is a public inquiry."

A garda spokesman said no comment could be made on claims that officers initially refused to take the domestic violence complaint, due to an ongoing Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation.

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