Monday 15 October 2018

Woman held hand of dying man as emergency services rushed to the scene of Dublin's latest shooting

The scene of the murder and (inset) Derek Coakley Hutch
The scene of the murder and (inset) Derek Coakley Hutch
Gardaí at Bridgeview halting site, Wheatfield. Photo: Tony Gavin
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A woman held the hand of the victim and prayed for him as emergency services rushed to the scene of Dublin's latest gangland shooting.

Locals in Clondalkin have reacted with horror at the weekend shooting, which took place in broad daylight.

A man told how his wife held the hand of the dying Derek Coakley-Hutch.

"They fired about six shots in total," he said.

"One bullet went straight through the car and into the front door of a nearby house. Thankfully nobody was in at the time.

"My wife held his hand and read him the last rites while he was on the ground. He may have been dead at that stage."

Independent councillor Francis Timmons said the community was in shock.

"This is absolutely horrendous. Especially to think in the halting site with young children and families about. These people have absolutely no respect for other people," he said.

"I am just horrified that this has become regular, too normal, especially in these areas where children are around in broad daylight."

Irish Independent

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