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Monday 20 November 2017

Dead paedophile linked to 30-year-old mystery

Missing since 1986: Philip Cairns
Missing since 1986: Philip Cairns

Cathal McMahon and Paul Williams

DNA found on the schoolbag of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns (13) will prove central to corroborating that he was murdered by notorious paedophile Eamon 'Captain' Cooke.

Gardaí are investigating whether Cooke (79), who died last week, was responsible for killing the schoolboy in his radio studios in Inchicore in October 1986. The schoolboy vanished without a trace as he walked back to his school Coláiste Éanna in Rathfarnham on October 23, 1986.

His schoolbag was found dumped in a laneway close to his home on Ballyroan Road six days later. After decades of mystery surrounding the case, a woman came forward to gardaí at Terenure in May and nominated Cooke as a suspect in the schoolboy's death. Gardaí interviewed Cooke twice in the weeks before he died, giving him a number of opportunities to tell them what happened.

The investigation will now centre on the schoolbag, from which three DNA profiles have been obtained.

Irish Independent

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