Monday 26 February 2018

'Somebody somewhere knows something' - Cold case review of 2009 fire which killed elderly man (81)

The scene of the fatal fire at Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge, Co Kildare
The scene of the fatal fire at Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge, Co Kildare
The scene of the fatal fire at Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge , Co. Kildare
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Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The inspector leading the cold case review into the murder of an 81-year-old man at his Co Kildare home is urging anyone with information to come forward, saying: "Somebody somewhere knows something".

Michael Crowe was killed following a fire that gardai believe was deliberately started at his home in Pairc Mhuire, Newbridge on October 4, 2009.

His wife and son were also in the house at the time and suffered serious burn injuries but managed to escape.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Inspector Mel Smyth said they have struggled to find a motive as the family were "hard-working people who never bothered anyone".

"The latest appeal is about putting new eyes on the investigation and looking for new information. We are hoping that people would think about what happened and maybe their conscience would encourage them to come forward.

"Relationships change over eight years and maybe someone who knows something would put themselves in the family's shoes and come forward to talk to gardai."

Since the incident, gardai have taken nearly 700 statements and carried out hundreds of separate lines of inquiry

"We can't see why there was any motivation to do this to the family," Inspector Smyth said.

The investigation is ongoing and is subject to ongoing review.

Speaking at Newbridge Garda Station, Inspector Smyth said "Today we are again seeking the assistance from any member of the public who may have any information which may assist in this investigation into the murder of Michael Crowe.

"We would appeal in particular to anyone who may have been in or around Pairc Mhuire estate on the morning of Sunday 4th October, 2009 between 2am and 6am to contact us.

"All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and we urge anyone who has any information even if they believe it to be insignificant or trivial to get in contact with us at Newbridge Garda Station at 045 440180, The Garda Confidential line at 1800 666111 or any Garda Station".

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