Saturday 24 March 2018

Fears for safety of gardai at inquest

Gareth Naughton

GARDAI present at the fatal shooting of armed raider Gareth Molloy should be allowed to give evidence anonymously at the inquest into his death, the Dublin Coroner has been told.

Molloy (27), of Lower Sheriff Street in north inner city Dublin, was killed when he was shot by a garda member on May 15, 2009, having ignored warnings to drop the sawn-off shotgun he was carrying.

The inquest into his death is scheduled to take place later this year.

At a mention of the inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court, senior counsel Paul Greene, who was representing the Garda Commissioner, said that the safety of the officers present at the incident could be jeopardised if they gave evidence without anonymity.


Molloy and his accomplices were interrupted by gardai as they tried to carry out the raid at the Centra supermarket on Foxborough Road in Lucan.

They were holding a sawn-off shotgun at a cash van worker's head and demanding cash when gardai struck.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that he would circulate an anonymised list of proposed witnesses for the inquest and would take further submissions on the matter at another mention on September 30.

Irish Independent

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