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Monday 18 December 2017

Suspects in McCabe killing still on the run

Barry Duggan

TWO men who are suspected of involvement in the brutal killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996 are still being hunted by gardai.

Paul Damery and Gerry Roche have been on the run and living abroad since the IRA opened fire on two detectives in Adare, Co Limerick, 17 years ago.

Both are still wanted by gardai in connection with the violent death of Det Gda McCabe (inset) and the shooting of Detective Garda Ben O'Sullivan – who suffered 11 gunshot wounds from an AK-47.

The McCabe family has long campaigned for the pair to be brought back to the State to face criminal charges.

Damery, an electrician from Cork, and Roche, from Dublin, left the jurisd-iction after the attack.

It is suspected they initially sought refuge in South America.

The garda investigation into Det Gda McCabe's death received a major early break when fire bombs placed in a Pajero SUV – used to ram the officers' unmarked patrol car – and also in the getaway car, a Mitsubishi Lancer, failed to detonate.

Forensic examinations of both vehicles yielded valuable evidence.

During the trial in the Special Criminal Court, evidence was given that fingerprints traced to two suspects, who were missing, had been found on the getaway car.

Despite the intervening 17 years since Det Gda McCabe's death, gardai are continuing to investigate his killing.

Damery is believed to be living in Nicaragua which has no extradition treaty with Ireland. He managed a pub which is popular with tourists – the Shannon Irish bar in Managua.

Roche is believed to be hiding out on in Continental Europe.

Kevin Walsh and Michael O'Neill, from Patrickswell, Co Limerick; Jeremiah Sheehy, of Rathkeale, Co Limerick; and Pearse McAuley, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, were all convicted of Det Gda McCabe's manslaughter and have since been released.

Irish Independent

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