Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man found dead in same laneway as abandoned 'Baby Maria' died from multiple stab wounds

Andrew Guerrine
Andrew Guerrine

Louise Roseingrave

A HOMELESS man found in the laneway where ‘Baby Maria’ was abandoned died of multiple stab wounds.

Andrew Guerine (37) of no fixed abode was a father of one daughter and a known drug addict.

His body was found at Steelestown Lane near Rathcoole on May 23rd last, the same stretch of quiet country road where newborn ‘Baby Maria’ was found two weeks previously. 

Read more here: Slain Andrew Guerrine praised as 'much loved father' as he is laid to rest 

Mr Guerine suffered multiple stab wounds, according to a post mortem report carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Inspector Colm O’Malley applied for an adjournment of the inquest proceedings as a criminal investigation into the death is ongoing.

Inspector O’Malley said while Mr Guerine’s mother resided at New St in Dublin 8, the deceased was homeless at the time of his death.

Sister of the deceased Edel Guerine said she received a call at 2pm on May 23rd telling her that one of  her brothers was dead. Their mother Delores was at the shops but returned promptly, Ms Guerine said in her deposition.

They were driven to Blanchardstown hospital where Edel identified her brother’s body.

Mr Guerine’s body had been found in a gateway on the country laneway, off Junction 5 on the N7 motorway in the early hours of May 23.

Gardai received a call about the body at 2.50am and at first it was believed the man may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. However, preliminary examination of the body showed he had suffered multiple stab wounds.

More than a hundred mourners gathering to play their respects at Mr Guerine’s funeral following his violent death.

He was laid to rest at the Church of Our Lady in Mount Carmel in Dublin, two weeks after his body was found at Steelestown Lane.

Mr Guerrine was understood to be a known criminal associate with one of Ireland’s most dangerous crime gang.

Extending his condolences to the family, Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest until December 18th 2015.

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