| 9.4°C Dublin

My husband's killers must be caught – widow

THE wife of a man shot dead in what is thought to have been a Traveller family feud said the gang responsible must be convicted.

Anne Maughan said she cannot accept that the love of her life, Owen Maughan, has been taken from her.

Last December, Mr Maughan was shot in the forecourt of a service station in Moneen, outside Castlebar, Co Mayo, close to a campsite where his family live.

Mr Maughan (29) was filling up the water tank in his vehicle when the gunman struck at around 3.30pm.

He was taken by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital, but died less than five hours after the shooting.

Brutal

In an appeal for information on the murder, Mrs Maughan said: "In my heart I do think that people know who done this.

"And I would just love if someone could just come forward with any information because the people who did this to my husband, they not only took my husband, they took my best friend, in a matter of minutes.

"They need to be caught and convicted for this brutal, cold-blooded murder of my husband."

Mrs Maughan said her husband loved to play a game of soccer and loved going to the gym.

"He was just a really loving person. He was really witty, he liked to have a good laugh," she told RTE's Crimecall, which is broadcast tonight on RTE 1 at 9.35pm.

"And he was my life. Owen actually was my life. He still is my life."

She told how in the week before Christmas her husband had asked her to go into town to get a few things and get ready for the festivities.

"We always did everything together. We are a very close couple," she said.

"He said to me, 'Anne, will you put on a bit of food?' So I put it on.

"And then he said to me, 'Anne, I'm just going down to the shop to fill the cans with water and I'll be back in a few minutes'.

Pain

"I had the food on the cooker and there was no sign of Owen coming back, so I rang his mobile phone and his phone was just ringing out.

Mrs Maughan's brother-in-law went down to the garage where they found Mr Maughan on the ground.

"They told me that Owen had been shot and I didn't believe it," said Ms Maughan.

"You know I cannot accept that he is dead. I cannot accept it.

"I just cannot describe the pain that I am going through right now."

Gardai have issued an appeal to anybody with information to contact them at the investigation headquarters in Castlebar garda station on 094 9038200.

Alernatively, they can phone the confidential line on 1800 666111.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


Privacy