Sunday 25 August 2019

Daughters of Antoinette Smith in fresh plea for help to find their mam's killer


Family: Lisa and Rachel Smith
Family: Lisa and Rachel Smith
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The daughters of a young woman murdered 32 years ago believe she was killed in a "well-planned attack" by someone she knew.

Marking the anniversary of Antoinette Smith's death, her daughters Rachel and Lisa Smith have issued a fresh plea for information.

Their mother Antoinette Smith, who was murdered 32 years ago
Their mother Antoinette Smith, who was murdered 32 years ago

Ms Smith from Clondalkin was 27 when she vanished after a David Bowie concert in Slane in 1987. She went to the La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street afterwards and left at 2.15am, but never returned home.

Her body was found almost a year later in a drain on Glendoo Mountain in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Rachel, who was four when her mother disappeared, has vowed to keep fighting for justice and says the family need a breakthrough.

Speaking at Bray garda station, she said: "There is someone out there responsible for this horrific and horrible crime.

"Relationships break down, someone has to know something. Someone is holding on to information and we want them to come forward so we can put this behind us and let her rest in peace.

"We are getting older and our dad is getting older and he wants justice.

"Anyone holding information is just as guilty as the person responsible.

"We need something, even small, to bring the links together."

Rachel said she believes the person who murdered her mother was known to her.

"We don't know who it is, it could be a family member, it could be a close friend," she added. "Things could have escalated on a night out and this person has left two young kids to grow up without a mother."

Lisa was seven when she learned of her mother's death. She believes the culprit left her mother's body in an isolated area with the intention she would never be found.

"We do know that it was probably a well-planned attack, given the basis of the case," she added.

The sisters said it was tough visiting the spot where their mother's body was found. "You wouldn't leave a dog where she was found," Rachel said.

Lisa described the difficulties in growing up without their mother.

"She has missed all the milestones, going to school, confirmation, joining a drama club or football club or winning a trophy, all the things you want your mam for," she added.

"I was very aware when I saw my friends with their parents, my mam wasn't there. It was hard.

"My mam was the typical fun-loving young mum. She was into fashion and music and we've both got that from her, we're both into music.

"We live through the stories others have of her. Friends tell us that we are just like her and that's great for us as we don't have that many memories.

"The 'what ifs' are the hardest. It was very traumatic growing up without her."

Detective Inspector Sorcha Fitzpatrick, who is leading the investigation into the murder, appealed for information. "Circumstances change over the years and someone who may have been prevented at the time from coming to us with information in relation to Antoinette's murder, we are appealing to them to come forward and contact the investigation teams," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray garda station on 01 666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any station.

Irish Independent

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