Sunday 22 July 2018

Judge and lawyers pay tribute to leading detective who died tragically at Dublin Garda Station

Det-Supt Colm Fox. Photo: Collins
Det-Supt Colm Fox. Photo: Collins

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A judge and lawyers paid moving tributes today to a Garda Superintendent who died tragically at Ballymun Garda Station on Saturday night.

Prior to the beginning of a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Paul O'Higgins SC, prosecuting, said he knew Supt. Colm Fox since his first days as a garda.

He described the senior garda as a most decent man, both professionally and in his dealings with people.

Brendan Grehan SC, defending, said the deceased was a top cop, a pleasure to deal with and someone who “always got the best out of the team around him”.

Judge Karen O'Connor agreed that it was a very sad death and said her thoughts were with Det. Supt. Fox's family at this tragic time.

“There are very few at the Bar who won't have encountered him. I know from my own experience that any team Det. Supt. Fox was involved in always spoke very highly of him,” she said.

Detective Superintendent Colm Fox was the lead detective overseeing the Regency Hotel murder probe.

Colleagues of the veteran garda have paid their respects, describing him as a "fully committed" investigator who was involved in some of the country's most high-profile murder inquiries.

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