Saturday 14 December 2019

Criminal Andy Connors died from gunshot wounds to chest, court hears

The scene of the killing of Andy Connors (inset)
The scene of the killing of Andy Connors (inset)

Murdered criminal Andy Connors died from gunshot wounds to the chest, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Andy Connors (46), a father of six, was gunned down in front of his wife and family at their home at The Old Pound, Boherboy Road in Saggart, Co. Dublin on August 19 this year.

He had attended a wedding earlier in the day before returning to his home. A man wearing a balaclava is understood to have entered the house through an unlocked door at around 11pm and fired a number of shots at Connors before making their escape. The murder was witnessed by Connors' wife, four of his children and a niece.

His murder is believed to have been part of a feud with dissident Republicans.

Gardaí at Dublin Coroner’s Court said that the Connors family were aware that the inquest was being opened but chose not to attend. The court heard from the deposition of his wife Anne Connors, read into the record, that she identified the body of her husband to Garda Suzanne Neary of Tallaght Garda Station at Tallaght Hospital, two days after his death.

The post-mortem was subsequently carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy at Tallaght Hospital. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that, in her preliminary report, she has given the cause of death as: “gunshot wounds to the chest”.

Detective Inspector John Walsh told the coroner that the homicide investigation was ongoing and he requested a six month adjournment to allow time for gardaí to carry out their inquiries.

Dr Farrell asked gardaí to extend his sympathies to the Connors family and adjourned the inquest for a further mention on May 15 next year.

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