Saturday 17 March 2018

'We don't want him to be forgotten' - family of 'good-hearted' man murdered in caravan fire make fresh appeal

Claire Fox

The only son of a man who was murdered in 2006 has renewed his appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Gerry Nolan, (44) died in his mobile home which was locked and set on fire in Deerpark, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny on July, 24 2006. 

Nobody has been convicted of the crime which took place more than 11 years ago.

Five men were arrested at the time but no charges were filed.

In 2015 the case was upgraded to murder and two men aged 27 and 30 were arrested but they were eventually freed without charge.

Gerry's son Christopher was 23-years-old when he received the phone call from his uncle that his father Gerry had died.

Gerry Nolan was murdered 11 years ago
Gerry Nolan was murdered 11 years ago

His father had been sleeping in his mobile home.

It was locked from the outside and set on fire at approximately 4:30am.

Christopher told he has his suspicions of who may have killed his father and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

"The caravan was set alight and my uncle tried to get him out and break the door down but couldn't. I have my suspicions of who could've done it but you can never be certain.

"People are too afraid to come forward in case something will happen to them but it is safe," he said.

Christopher said the death of his father affected his mental health and the entire family were devastated by what happened to Gerry who "kept to himself".

"He was a lovely man and kept to himself. It really affected my mental health, so it did. I had to go on medication. Justice needs to be done and someone needs to be put behind bars."

Caroline Brennan, Gerry's niece, said that she doesn't want her uncle's murder to be forgotten and appealed for anybody with information to come forward.

"He was so good-hearted and a holy man. He helped me when I was getting bullied. The Gardaí have been very sympathetic and helpful but we just don't want him to be forgotten.

"It's very hard on all the family. If anybody knows anything please come forward," she said. 

Anyone with information should contact Gardaí in Kilkenny on 056-7775000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any Garda station.

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