Monday 9 December 2019

Popular taxi driver died from stab wounds to his abdomen and thigh - inquest

Taxi driver Martin Mulligan: stabbed in abdomen and thigh. Picture Ciara Wilkinson
Taxi driver Martin Mulligan: stabbed in abdomen and thigh. Picture Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

Murdered taxi driver Martin Mulligan (53) died from stab wounds to his abdomen and thigh, including one to his aorta, the inquest into his death has heard.

The popular driver and coal-man, from Waterview, Lower Point Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, died on September 28 last year.

His body was found on the roadway at Carnmore, Dundalk, close to his taxi.

Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire yesterday heard depositions from Garda Inspector Martin Beggy, who formally identified Mr Mulligan, and from Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis, who carried out a post-mortem.

At Dundalk Coroner's Court, Mr Maguire was told that Inspector Beggy was contacted by Garda Superintendent Gerry Curley of Dundalk on September 28, after which he went to the scene at Carnmore, where he saw Mr Mulligan.

Insp Beggy said in his deposition that he had known the deceased "for the last 20 years".

He formally identified the body of Mr Mulligan to Dr Curtis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda later that day, where the post-mortem took place.

Mr Maguire said that the full post-mortem report from Dr Curtis ran to 11 pages but, for the purpose of the inquest, he had given Mr Maguire a truncated one-page version.

Dr Curtis gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the abdomen and right thigh, with injuries to the right aorta and femoral artery.

Mr Maguire said he had sufficient evidence to issue a death certificate.

He then adjourned the inquest at the request of the gardaí as thier investigation is continuing.

Mr Mulligan's widow Gráinne was present for the hearing and was comforted by family members afterwards.

The body of Mr Mulligan was found a short distance from his taxi, an 07 Louth-registered Skoda Octavia, by a passer-by on a link road near Kilcurry, 3km from Dundalk.

Irish Independent

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