Thursday 14 December 2017

'Somebody knows something...please, just pick up the phone' - Father of man found dismembered at recycling plant appeals to public

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The father of a man - whose dismembered body was discovered at a recycling plant - has appealed to the public to come forward with information to assist in the open investigation.

The remains of Mark Burke (36) were found by workers at Thornton's recycling plant in west Dublin on July 31 in 2014.

From Sandyford in south Dublin, the father-of-seven was well known around the Dun Laoghaire. He sometimes stayed at the Bentley House homeless centre.

Mark’s father, Noel Burke, appears on RTE One’s Crimecall programme on Monday evening to make his appeal.

"He has a partner and seven beautiful children. And his partner, she’s heartbroken, his kids are heartbroken, his mother, brothers and sisters," he said.

"I just hope that this appeal will bring his killer or killers to justice.  That’s what we’re hoping for."

Mr Burke Snr said that his son suffered from alcohol and depression but "he never gave me any trouble".  

"The last time I seen my son Mark alive was... at the crossroads at the Beacon Court and we waved and he waved back. And that was the last time I seen Mark alive," he said.

"Somebody knows something out there. And just pick up the phone. Please, just pick up the phone, that’s all I ask."  

Mr Burke was last seen on the afternoon of July 28 that year outside Dun Laoghaire District Court - his partial remains were discovered three days later. 

Forensic evidence indicates that Mr Burke was killed in this three day time frame - and his body later brought to the recycling plant.

An extensive investigation -  involving over 600 lines of inquiry - was launched but the case still remains open.

Gardaí investigating the discovery of a dismembered body at a recycling plant have also appealed to the public for information.

Detective Superintendent Sean Campbell wants to establish what happened to Mark between the time he was seen at the courthouse and the discovery of his body.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mark between July 28-31 to come forward with information.

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