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Sunday 17 December 2017

'We want answers so we can have closure' - Family and friends plea for help over murder of James Cahillane

Murdered: James Cahillane was bludgeoned to death
Murdered: James Cahillane was bludgeoned to death
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The family of murdered James Cahillane are pleading for information five years after he was found dead at his home.

His body was recovered from his home which had been set on fire on 19th April 2012.

At first it was believed James’s death was accidental. But evidence was discovered to show he had in fact been murdered.

On tonight's Crimecall on RTE One, James’s family and work colleagues recall the shock at hearing the news.

“There we were trying to put the rosary on James but they postponed it because they found other bruising on his body, on his brain” said, James’s sister, Maureen O’Sullivan on Crimecall.

“There was foul play there, and I thought how could that happen, you know, my brother James, how could that happen?” she added.

Gardaí confirmed the head of a hammer was discovered at the scene and is an item of interest in this investigation.

It is believed the answers to explain the murder may well lie within the close community.

James’ daughter, Lisa Griffin, said: “It’s horrible to think that someone in our local community did this and we want answers. It’s never too late to come forward and he didn’t deserve to go like this. And we really want some answers so we can have some sort of closure on this.”

His nephew Mike Cahillane, a local butcher, also appealed on the show for witnesses.

“If anyone knows anything, please come forward...We’re still hoping the person who did it will come forward. For Lisa and Gary.”

Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may know what happened to James.

"People's friendships or associations or loyalties might have changed and they now might be in a better position to give us vital information that may lead to some person being charged with the murder of James Cahillane,” said Superintendent Flor Murphy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60 or Killarney Garda Station on 064- 6671160.

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