Friday 24 November 2017

Gardai make arrest after fatal hit-and-run manhunt

James Brennan (81) was killed in the smash outside Ferns, Co Wexford, on January 12.
James Brennan (81) was killed in the smash outside Ferns, Co Wexford, on January 12.
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Gardai arrested a man in his thirties this morning in relation to a fatal hit and run last month.

The man was one of two people being hunted by gardai after James Brennan (81) was killed in the smash outside Ferns, Co Wexford, on January 12.

Mr Brennan’s partner Bernadette Weafer suffered a broken pelvis and eye injuries.

A 16-year-old boy handed himself into investigating gardai two weeks after the crash.

The pair are suspected of having links to a well-known Traveller gang from the Wicklow town area. It’s believed the gang are responsible for a number of robberies across the South East.

After the fatal crash, the suspects fled the scene, running through fields before entering a farmyard where a red Volkswagen Passat was stolen.

This car was recovered in a gateway at Monageer, around 6km from the crash.

A black BMW 5 Series was stolen from another farm close to where the Passat was found abandoned. It was discovered by gardai at the St Aidan’s Villas estate in Enniscorthy.

The cousins’ crime spree began earlier that day after they were made to leave a train for anti-social behaviour.

They later stole the Volvo S60 from the Church Gate estate in Wicklow town. In the course of that incident, they broke into a house and stole the car keys before driving off.

They were later caught on CCTV at the Apple Green service station in Arklow where they drove off without paying for fuel. Members of the Garda Armed Response unit were sent last week to Wexford town during the hunt for the pair.

Mr Brennan was from Castledockrell, Co Wexford, while Ms Weafer is from nearby Bunclody. They lived in the Cherry Orchard area of Enniscorthy.

The man arrested this morning is currently detained at Enniscorthy Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

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