Monday 18 December 2017

Father tells of 'horrific' ordeal at inquest into son's death

Georgina O'Halloran

A FATHER spoke yesterday of the "horrific" ordeal of hearing at an inquest that his son had been stabbed to death and buried on a mountainside.

Brian Fetherston said his family had been "shattered" to hear how Ken Fetherston (26), a father of one who was reported missing in September 2009, died a very violent death.

Mr Fetherston was not known to gardai and nobody has yet been charged over his killing.

Remains discovered at the Viewing Point on Military Road, Dublin, in January this year were later confirmed to be those of Ken Fetherston.

The garda investigation is ongoing, Det Insp Pat Lordan told the opening of the inquest at Dublin County Coroner's Court yesterday.

Speaking after the brief hearing, Brian Fetherston appealed for anyone with information about his son's death to come forward and speak to the gardai.

He said: "I do believe there are people out there that have information. We are all shattered, the whole family. Today is a very difficult day, Ken's birthday. He'd be 27.

"Ken did absolutely nothing wrong. We want to emphasise that. Ken is totally, completely innocent. To end up like this, the way he ended up... It's a dreadful tragedy.

"So many people have commented on his good nature. He had a wonderful nature."

Mr Fetherston said of the inquest: "It's official. It's legal... It's just horrific hearing it."

Stabbed

A large number of relations and close family friends attended the opening of the inquest, including Ken's mother Grainne, his sister Niamh and his girlfriend Gemma.

Mr Fetherston had one daughter, aged four. The inquest heard the results of a post mortem by the deputy state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis. He found that Mr Fetherston, who was identified using dental records, had died from stab wounds.

Det Insp Lordan applied for an adjournment of the inquest under Section 25.1 of the Coroner's Act, due to the ongoing investigation.

The coroner, Dr Kieran Geraghty, adjourned the inquest to a date in May 2011.

Mr Fetherston was last seen at Landy's industrial estate in Knocklyon, Dublin, on the day he went missing, September 22, 2009. His red Honda Civic was found parked in a lay-by on the N11 at Gorey, Co Wexford, four days after his disappearance.

Anyone with information can contact the gardai at Tallaght garda station on (01) 666 6000.

Irish Independent

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