Wednesday 28 January 2015

Stab victim told killers they were 'at wrong house'

Gareth Naughton

Published 08/11/2012 | 05:00

June and Orla Gallagher are appealing for information about the murder of their father Michael Gallagher 5 years ago.

A MAN pleaded with his killers, telling them they were in the wrong house just moments before they stabbed him in a frenzied attack, an inquest has heard.

Painter and decorator Michael Gallagher (60), from Tymonville Road, Tallaght, shouted "You are in the wrong house!" as he was subjected to the fatal assault at his home on January 18, 2007.

Despite an extensive garda investigation, no one was ever arrested in connection with his murder.

Mr Gallagher's partner, Sally Rogers, told Dublin Coroner's Court that she answered the door at around 10pm to find two men wearing balaclavas on the doorstep.

She was knocked to the ground by a hammer-blow to the leg and said she did not see Mr Gallagher being stabbed.

After the attackers fled, there was a "huge" pool of blood round him, she said. Neighbours came to the couple's aid. One, Anne Nugent, said he was saying, "I am dying". He was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead within the hour.

State pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy found 10 separate stab wounds to the neck, chest and back.

Det Insp John Walsh said gardai had never been able to identify a suspect nor establish a motive for the murder.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by persons unknown.

Irish Independent

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