Dad's emotional plea to find son's killer
A HEARTBROKEN father this week issued an emotional appeal for assistance in tracking down his son's murderers.
Alan Hannon's eldest son, Jeffrey, was brutally killed near his home in Southill, Limerick, on November 22, 2007.
Up to 20 people have to date been arrested in connection with the murder of the 19-year-old father, but nobody has yet been charged in connection with his death.
"It's been over two-and-a-half years since Jeffrey was murdered, but we are still waiting for answers. His mother (Geraldine) is very upset by the whole thing, she is crying every day about it," Mr Hannon said.
Jeffrey left his home at Galtee Drive on the night he was killed to socialise with friends in his home estate of O'Malley Park.
He died after receiving a heavy blow to the head from a blunt object. The victim had just returned home to Limerick from the UK before he died.
The death was not connected to any ongoing criminal feuds in Limerick and it is believed he died following a frenzied and unplanned assault.
Mr Hannon says he knows who killed his son. "I know who they are. The guards know who they are, but nothing yet. He was killed 150 yards from our house," he said.
One of the prime suspects for the murder is a young criminal from the southside of the city who is also suspected to have been involved in other violent crimes, including at least one other murder. The Hannon family have asked anyone with information on Jeffrey's murder to contact gardai.