Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Why should we back down?' - Family vow to fight intimidation after grave desecrated

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE family of missing William Maughan has vowed not to back down in the face of threats and intimidation.

"We are not going to back down, why should we back down," his mother Helen 'Nell' Maughan said defiantly at a solidarity march for the family this evening.

They spoke out this week against the gang they suspect murdered their 34-year-old son and his girlfriend Anna Varslavane (21).

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The following day they discovered the grave of another of their sons desecrated.

Michael Maughan (30) had died of meningitis in April 2008.

His grave had been dug up in an act of intimidation, though the perpetrators did not reach the coffin.

More than 100 friends and neighbours from Tallaght marched from the family home in Cushlawn Park to the Bohernabreena Cemetery this evening in a show of defiance against the thugs.

They carried white and yellow balloons, symbolising peace and justice.

Joe Maughan, the father of the two boys, said he would not be intimidated.

He urged anyone with information "do the right thing" and contact the gardai.

William Maughan and  Anna Varslavane were last seen alive on Tuesday April 14 in the Gormanston area of Co Meath.

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