Tuesday 23 January 2018

Life sentence for female assassin

Louise Hogan

By Louise Hogan

FEMALE assassin Rose Lynch (50) clenched her fist and called out "tiocfaidh ar la" after she received life imprisonment for the murder of David Darcy (39) today.

Mr Darcy's family clapped.

Earlier, the father of the delivery van driver gunned down in the driveway of his home by the female assassin has told how they were "horrified" and could not understand why he had been killed.

Lynch was charged in December 2011 with the murder of Mr Darcy. The delivery driver was shot dead while sitting in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue, Dublin, on the morning of November 28,  2011.

Mr Darcy, who was employed as a driver for a local butcher and was originally from Ballyfermot, had been about to go to work before he was gunned down.

 Senior investigator, Det Insp Colm O'Malley told the thronged sitting of the Special Criminal Court that Mr Darcy was a "wholly innocent" father-of-two who was simply going about his daily life.

David Darcy with his his son David Jnr. Inset: Rose Lynch pleaded guilty to murder
David Darcy with his his son David Jnr. Inset: Rose Lynch pleaded guilty to murder
David Darcy's father Henry: said family was in "total shock" after the murder
Rose Lynch
David Darcy

His father, Henry 'Sonny' Darcy, said they were in "total shock" after they learned he had been shot as he was about to go to work.

In his victim impact statement to the court, he said his son had been planning to wed his partner of more than 22-years and mother of their two children, Amanda Haverty, in a ceremony in Las Vegas on her 50th birthday.

"He had looked forward to being a grandfather and getting married to Mandy," he said. He said they wanted justice for their son but it would not bring him back. "David did nothing wrong in his life," he said.

His partner, Ms Haverty, in a statement read out by Det Insp O'Malley, said she lost the "love of her life" and "soulmate" after 22-years together and the father of her two children David (21) and Janice (15).

Her daughter had since attempted to take her own life by overdose to be with her beloved father, while her son found it very difficult to speak about.

She said the man she had planned to grow old with had been taken from her and she "hasn't been able to get on with life".

Lynch, with an address at Oakleigh Wood, Dooradoyle,Limerick, also pleaded guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on November 28, 2011.

"I'm guilty but I'm very proud of that," she replied.

 She also pleaded guilty before the court on a charge of possession of a shotgun and revolver with intent to endanger life on November 28 2011 and possession of a Walther pistol and eight rounds of ammunition on a date between November 25 and December 14, 2011 and possession of 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition at the Naas Road, Dublin on December 15, 2011.

Paul Greene SC, for the State, said Lynch had "evinced a belief he was responsible for the death" of a republican but from garda intensive investigation it emerged Mr Darcy was "wholly blameless". He said Lynch had either been misinformed or it had been a case of mistaken identity.

Counsel for Lynch asked if the judge would bear in mind some mitigating factors, including her extensive community work as a suicide and drugs counsellor, not withstanding the stark evidence.

The mandatory sentence of life imprisonment applies for murder in Ireland.

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