Saturday 18 November 2017

€30,000 found as gardai probe debt motive for father's killing

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are trawling through the financial affairs of murdered father-of-two Darren Falsey amid increasing indications his killing may be linked to a debt owed to a major criminal.

Mr Falsey died after being shot three times -- twice in the torso and once in the head -- on August 3 at his rented home in Ashbourne Court, Carrigaline, Co Cork.

Detectives believe it was a professional killing given that a semi-automatic gun was used, possibly equipped with a silencer. One theory is that a Cork-based crime boss brought in a Dublin or Limerick gunman to carry out the killing.

The 37-year-old former schools rugby player was associated with a major drugs gang on Cork's southside and gardai are probing reports that he owed money -- possibly as much as €80,000 -- to the gangland figure.

Gardai have recovered €30,000 in cash from a freezer stored in a locked premises at Riverstick in Cork.

Detectives are trying to determine the precise source of the cash and whether it may be linked to a motive for Mr Falsey's murder. The victim -- a keen hunting fan -- regularly used the facility for kennelling dogs he used.

However, a garda source said that despite the increasing interest in Mr Falsey's financial affairs and the possibility of him having a drug-related debt, no line of inquiry had been ruled out.

Irish Independent

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