'If someone knows something, just tell' - Family of murdered Micheal McCoy plead for information
The family of a man who has beaten to death last September have appealed for the public's help over his murder.
Michael McCoy (64) was beaten to death while out walking his two boxer dogs in woods near his home in Ballinascorney, Brittas, Co Dublin on September 30 last year.
It is believed the father-of-three suffered head injuries after he was beaten with a wooden implement which has never been found.
Tonight on Crimecall, his family plead for information from the public to help solve the murder.
Speaking of the day he was murdered, his wife Caitríona said: "In hindsight you'd notice things were a little bit, not quite right... the post hadn't been brought in and the hens hadn't been let out. I didn't think too much of it."
But the family became concerned when Michael didn't return home by teatime. Their daughter Suzanne went looking for him as she was worried he may have had an accident, "that he'd fallen over".
Gardaí were alerted when she failed to find him and his body was discovered the following morning.
Michael's youngest daughter Sarah was living in New York at the time of the murder.
"The knowing how it happened is something you probably just try to come to terms with later. Because you’re just so in shock so I don’t think you can really comprehend at the start," she said.
His eldest daughter Rachel said the family are still struggling to come to terms with Michael's death: “He’ll never be a granddad. And that’s not fair. So if someone knows something just tell... don’t protect someone.”
Gardai arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the killing but later released him without charge.
They suspect Michael (64) may have been killed because he was a conservationist and had been involved in objecting to developments.
Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may know what happened to Michael.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60 or Tallaght Garda Station on (01) 666 6000.