Tuesday 25 June 2019

'Our lives came to a standstill on the day those cowards shot David'

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A FATHER has told how a family's lives were ripped apart when his innocent son was 'executed' by a female assassin acting on the mistaken belief he had been involved in killing a Continuity IRA leader.

Mother-of-four Rose Lynch (50) showed no remorse as she punched the air in a clenched fist salute and called out 'tiocfaidh ar la' as she was led away from the Special Criminal Court to a life sentence behind bars after pleading guilty to the murder of David Darcy (39).

Amid a mixture of tears and jubilation, his devastated father, Henry (Sonny) Darcy, led a dignified round of applause, before labelling those who had planned the murder of his "wholly blameless" son as "cowards".

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne branded the killing as a "premediated, calculated and cold-blooded murder" and said it had been "crystal clear" he was an innocent, honest family man going about his daily life without any connections to any element of criminal activity.

Mr Darcy revealed the entire family – including David Darcy's mother Rose, his partner of 22 years Amanda Haverty, son David (21) and daughter Janice (16) – had endured "15 months of pure misery since he was taken from us for no reason absolutely".

Hurt

Judge Dunne said it had caused immense hurt to the family that Mr Darcy's good name had been attacked with claims from a body styling itself the Continuity IRA, of which Lynch was a member. It claimed Mr Darcy had been involved in the death of Dublin CIRA 'Officer Commanding' Liam Kenny.

"I am absolutely satisfied those allegations against Mr Darcy are total lies," said senior investigator, Det Insp Colm O'Malley.

Ms Haverty said she'll "never forgive" Lynch for the lies told about her partner.

His son David, wearing a T-shirt with his father's face emblazoned on it, said he still had unanswered questions and maybe "one day she'll explain herself".

The painstakingly penned victim impact statements from Mr Darcy, Ms Haverty and brother Mark in Australia painted a picture of a hard-working man who had lived a simple life spending time with his family and fishing.

Mr Darcy said their lives "came to a standstill" that morning.

"We could not understand why he was murdered. All he was involved with was fishing and a few drinks at the weekend and listening to his music," he said.

"My son had been told he was going to be a grandfather. He will never get to see the baby. He never got to see his son's 21st birthday."

Mr Darcy said that the family had felt "sick" watching Lynch blow kisses at her own family members in court, and he pondered how a mother could do this to another mother's son.

Ms Haverty's statement told how she had lost the "love of her life" and "soulmate" of 22 years with whom she had planned to grow old.

They had planned to get married when she turned 50 in Las Vegas surrounded by family and friends. "That has been taken from me and all I can say is why," she said.

Her hard-working partner had already survived an operation on a brain tumour.

In sentencing Lynch to the mandatory life sentence for murder, Judge Dunne said the defendant had never shown any remorse.

Lynch, with an address at Oakleigh Wood, Dooradoyle, Limerick, also received concurrent sentences totalling 31 years after pleading guilty to IRA membership and the possession of firearms and ammunition.

Meanwhile gardai issued a renewed appeal last night for information on the murder of Mr Darcy, including the movements of a dark blue Opel Astra, registration 99 CE 3047, which was stolen five days before the killing and was later found burned out on Inagh Road in Ballyfermot.

Gardai also appealed to anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious near the scene of the murder on Cherry Orchard Avenue on Monday, November 28, 2011, to contact them at Ballyfermot garda station on 01 6667200. They said taxi drivers, bus drivers and people going to work may be able to assist them with the investigation.

Irish Independent

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