Tuesday 12 December 2017

Killer had stalked victim to his house before shooting

Gangland shooting victim Darren Falsey was associated
with a drugs gang on the southside of Cork city
Gangland shooting victim Darren Falsey was associated with a drugs gang on the southside of Cork city

Ralph Riegel

A FATHER-OF-TWO shot three times in a gangland-style killing was stalked to his home by his killer.

It also emerged that Darren Falsey (37) had decided to visit a friend in Cork Prison on Wednesday and not to undertake a hunting trip as he originally planned -- unwittingly offering his killer the perfect opportunity to shoot him at his Cork home.

Mr Falsey -- who was associated with a drugs gang on the city's southside -- was shot once in the head and twice in the torso just minutes after he returned to his Ashbourne Court home in Carrigaline at 2pm.

His partner, Lorraine, was on an errand with her child -- and returned to the house at 2.45pm to find Mr Falsey lying dead in a pool of blood between the hallway and sitting room of the detached estate house they shared.

Gardai believe Mr Falsey opened the front door to his murderer as there was no sign of a break-in at the house.

The killing bears striking similarities to several previous gangland-style murders in Cork including Gerard 'Topper' Staunton (2010), David 'Boogie' Brett (2007), Eric Cummins (2005), Kieran O'Flynn (2001) and Michael Crinnion (1995).

Three were killed in or near their homes.

Several shell casings were recovered from the Carrigaline murder scene on Wednesday.

It is understood the killer used a 9mm or 10mm semi-automatic pistol.

Gardai are now awaiting the full post-mortem report from the examination conducted yesterday by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Detectives are also pouring over CCTV footage and are continuing door-to-door inquiries.


Supt John Gilligan said gardai believe someone must have seen something in the Ashbourne Court area either on Wednesday or previous days when the killer may have had the victim's home under surveillance.

"Sometime between 2pm and 2.45pm, this man was shot a number of times by a person who came to the door of his home," he said.

"He was alone in the house at the time but he had been out earlier in the morning.

"We believe that whoever carried out this shooting may have been in the area a number of days previously.

"People might remember a car, an unusual-looking person or a motorbike -- we don't know exactly what mode of transport was used (by the killer)."

Mr Falsey's partner, Lorraine, was said to be deeply distraught and was being comforted by family and friends.

His two children live with his former partner in another part of Cork city.

In a message on her social network site, the victim's sister Sue-Anne asked people not to post internet comments.

"In consideration for both (Darren's) children and ourselves I would ask that people do not post comments on either his wall or any of my family's. Funeral is strictly private, immediate family only," she said.

Irish Independent

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