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Murdered man's family make emotional appeal

THE FAMILY of a murdered man whose car was found abandoned on the Gorey bypass two years ago made an emotional plea last week on the second anniversary of his death, for information which could lead to charges being brought against those responsible for his murder.

Kenneth Fetherston's car was found abandoned on the southbound layby of the N11 Gorey bypass on September 26, 2009, four days after he disappeared. His remains were found on Sunday, January 31, 2010, in the Dublin mountains.

Two years on from his disappearance, his family spoke last week at a press conference in Dublin of their ongoing heartbreak at his loss. His mother Gráinne said that the family were living a nightmare, and the heartbreak would not go away.

His father Brian revealed that Kenneth had given a loan of around €10,000 to acquaintances, and was murdered when he asked for the debt to be repaid. Mr Fetherston said that people should no longer be afraid to stand up for themselves, and should assist Gardaí in similar cases.

Two brothers, and their father, were arrested in Dublin for questioning about the murder in February last year, while their mother was arrested in Gorey for allegedly withholding information about the crime. All four were later released without charge, as the DPP indicated there was insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal charge.

Kenneth, the father of a young girl, was last seen at the Knocklyon Road in Dublin at 9.30 a.m. on September 22. His vehicle was found on the Gorey bypass four days later. It had bloodstains on the back bumper and in the boot. His skeletal remains and his clothes were discovered in a boggy ditch off Military Road in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in January 2010.

The Garda Síochána and Crimestoppers have appealed to anyone who may have information to come forward and contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 6666000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. People can also call Crimestoppers on a free phone line 1800 250025. They may receive a reward.