Wednesday 23 May 2018

Fatal shot that killed garda Tony Golden was fired into his back, inquest hears

  • Garda Golden was killed in October 2015
  • Fatal shot that killed garda was fired into his back
  • Garda Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin on October 11, 2015 as he accompanied Mackin's partner, Siobhan Phillips, to the house
Garda Tony Golden was killed in October 2015 in Omeath, Co Louth
Garda Tony Golden was killed in October 2015 in Omeath, Co Louth
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE fatal shot that killed Garda Tony Golden was fired into his back.

The inquest into the garda's death has opened in Dundalk, Co Louth this morning.

Giving evidence pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said the hero garda was shot five times. The fatal shot entered his upper back and exited the front of his neck.

The doctor said the wound would have caused death rapidly, if not instantly.

Paramedics have also given evidence of arriving on the scene at the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co Louth, and finding Gda Golden lying on the floor at the foot of the stairs.

Garda Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin on October 11, 2015 as he accompanied Mackin's partner, Siobhan Phillips, to the house.

Adrian Crevan Mackin, who shot Garda Tony Golden
Adrian Crevan Mackin, who shot Garda Tony Golden

Siobhan Phillips told Garda Tony Golden of the litany of abuse she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend Crevan Mackin, two nights before he shot dead the hero garda and left her fighting for her life.

Siobhan was shot in the head and arm by Mackin on the evening of October 11, 2015, as she and Garda Golden called to her house at Mullach Alainn in Omeath, Co Louth, to retrieve her clothes. She was planning to leave Mackin for good.

Giving evidence at the inquest into the death of Garda Golden in Dundalk today, Siobhan's father Sean Phillips said his daughter suffered a frontal lobe injury, the right side of her skull was crushed and she lost her right eye in the gun attack.

Siobhan's statement to Garda Golden was read to the jury. In it she details the horrific domestic violence she suffered on the night of October 9 which included Mackin punching her, pulling her by her hair, cutting her wrist and thigh with a knife and threatening to pour a kettle of boiling water over her.

The next morning he ordered her to use makeup to cover her bruises before she left to go to work at a hair salon in Newry.

Siobhan called her stepmother Norma who alerted her father and the three of them went to Dundalk Garda Station to report the attack.

A garda at the station advised Siobhan that she attend A&E for her injuries as she said she had a pain in her head and was dizzy.

The family then arranged to meet Garda Golden at Omeath Garda Station the following day, Sunday October 11.

Mr Phillips said Garda Golden was adamant that Siobhan follow through on her statement of complaint and told her you can't give in to a bully.

He accompanied Siobhan into the house while her father waited outside.

Mr Phillips said the front door of the house remained open at all times and he heard Garda Golden explain to Mackin that they were there to get Siobhan's clothes.

"Crevan started wailing in a high-pitch noise.

"There were three bangs in quick succession and then three more bangs," said Mr Phillips.

Garda Golden was shot five times with the fatal shot hitting him in the back.

The inquest continues.

More to follow

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