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Gardai appeal for help in Cork murder

GARDAI have renewed their appeal for information in relation to the "cold, callous and calculated" murder of a 42- year-old convicted drug dealer who was killed in a gangland style attack last week.

Gerard 'Topper' Staunton was shot dead outside his home in Wilton in Cork City on Wednesday night.

Mr Staunton was shot as he, his partner Karen O'Flynn, and her two young children, were getting in to the family car outside their home in Westlawn on Sarsfield Road.

One of the children is a toddler while the other is just seven years old.

Gardai have vowed to treat all information received in the strictest of confidence. Supt Charlie Barry of Togher garda station has appealed to anyone with information on the case to come forward.

"The attacker is described as (being) six foot in height. He was dressed in dark clothing and he was wearing a balaclava. We believe out there someone knows the attacker.

Gerard Staunton was shot with a double-barrelled shotgun. It is understood that the gunman may have been waiting in a red 1992 Toyota LiteAce van for some time and was watching Mr Staunton's house before the victim exited.

Mr Staunton was originally from Kilkieran Close in Hollyhill in Cork and was known to gardai. The killing is the first fatal gangland shooting in Cork in over three years.

Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have information on the murder to contact Togher Garda Station in Cork on 021-4947129.

Meanwhile, two young men have appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged in connection with a knife attack at Pope's Quay in the city in the early hours of yesterday morning in which a Polish man was stabbed multiple times.

Patrick Tobin, 19, from George's Quay, Cork and Jack Healy, 18, from Dominic Street, Cork, were both charged with assault causing harm to 23-year-old Damian Wilkonski.

Judge Con O'Leary remanded Patrick Tobin in custody to appear in court on Tuesday. The issue of bail surety will be raised then. He remanded Jack Healy on bail to appear before Cork District Court again on Tuesday.

Sunday Independent