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May 25

Clondalkin Baby

Gardaí at Clondalkin Garda Station are continuing to investigate the discovery of a new-born baby girl on Steelstown Road, Rathcoole, County Dublin on Friday 8th May 2015 at approximately 3.30pm. Based on medical opinion the baby girl may have been born 24–36 hours prior to her discovery.

An Garda Síochána are working closely with the Health Service Executive and Tulsa.Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of the mother of this baby and are appealing for her to seek immediate medical treatment. This mother has nothing to fear and the relevant services are available to help and the matter will be dealt with compassionately and sensitively.

Sergeant Maeve O'Sullivan of the Child Protection Unit in Clondalkin and her staff are available at any time. Anyone, or indeed any family members or friends, wishing to speak with Sergeant O'Sullivan will be dealt with the utmost discretion.

A green paper Marks and Spencer’s bag, a black plastic refuse and a fleece throw (Primark home), which were found with the baby. Somebody out there must recognise these items and we are appealing for anyone who can assist to come forward.

Please Contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 666 7600

Dean Roche

This month’s Crime Prevention segment was presented by Sergeant Kelvin Courtney advised the public in terms of home security. Sergeant Courtney was accompanied in studio by Mr Patrick Walsh a Neighbourhood watch Co-ordinator with his local community in Malahide, Co Dublin.

Sergeant Courtney discussed the forthcoming supporting safer communities’ campaign, beginning 28th May until the 3rd June. The focus of the campaign is home security and the public are encouraged to try the checklist challenge here

Further Crime Prevention leaflets are available here

Fatal Hit & Run, Louth Village, Co. Louth - Keith Byrne

Gardaí at Ardee Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the early hours of Sunday the 11th May 2014.

Thirty five year old Keith Byrne was socialising with friends in an area known as Channonrock on Saturday evening. He left to walk to his home only a short distance away. A taxi driver passing discovered Keith’s body lying on the roadway. He was later pronounced dead. Keith’s father had to identify his son. He was buried on Friday the 16th May 2014 at Louth Village Cemetery.

Appeal:

• Gardaí are making a direct appeal to the driver of the vehicle involved in this fatal collision to come forward and they will be treated sensitively.

• Gardaí are reviewing CCTV from the area in the hope of developing this investigation and appealing to motorists who were in the area of Channonrock, Carnalogue and Monavallet between the 4.20am and 4.50am to come forward.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.

Adree Garda Station Telephone 0416853222

Fraud - Intercepting business and personal cheques in the post on a nationwide basis

Detective Superintendent Gerard Walsh was in studio to discuss a recent investigation involving criminals that intercept business and personal cheques in the post on a nationwide basis.

       
These cheques are then altered by changing the name of the payee and in some cases the cheque amount.

 

The altered cheques are then lodged into ‘money mule’ bank accounts. These are bank accounts that have been opened or bought by criminals to lodge the fraudulent cheques. The bank accounts are often bought from students or others leaving the country.  The going rate to buy a bank account is believed to be about €100.

 
The cheques are lodged to the ‘mule’ bank accounts at express lodgment machines in bank branches across the country.

The Garda Fraud Bureau of investigation are currently investigating sixty incidents of this scam carried out at financial institutions across Ireland.
 

Detective Superintendent Walsh showed the attached image of a person they wish to identify as a part of a current investigation.

Dean Roche

The Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the disappearance of thirty one year old Dean Roche. His last known address was Hebron Park in Kilkenny.

Dean Roche was last seen on the evening of Sunday 22nd March 2015 at Newpark, Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny. He is described as being 5’ 8’’ in height of slight build with green eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing a black zip up tracksuit top and bottoms with white runners.
 

Kilkenny Garda Station Telephone 056 777 5000

William Maughan & Anastasija Varslavane

Gardaí at Laytown Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the disappearance of William Maughan and Anastasija Varslavene who are missing since Tuesday the 14th April 2015.

William and Anastasija had been together since late last year and lived in a caravan in Gormanston, Co. Meath. William had decided to return to his family home in Tallaght with Anastasija. His Mother and Father, Helen & Joe, were making arrangements for their return and were excited about their move. William had sold his caravan on Monday the 13th April and it was collected the following day.

On Tuesday morning William went to Balbriggan followed shortly afterwards by Anastasija. They ran some errands and made contact with William’s mother Helen to arrange for her to travel from Tallaght to Gormanston to collect them and their belongings.

William spoke to his mother at about 2.30pm and asked her to make her way out to Gormanston to collect them. William and Anastasija got a taxi together from Balbriggan to Gormanston just shortly after 2.30pm. Helen arrived in Gormanston just before 3pm but could not locate William. She drove to Stamullen to look for him but didn’t find him. She returned to Gormanston and called his mobile phone but it went straight to message minder.

William and Anastasija never showed up and Helen became extremely worried. They were reported missing that evening. 

Extensive searches and enquires were carried out and a thorough investigation commenced, including enquiries with all Airports, Ferry Ports & Interpol.

Both families and the Gardaí are extremely concerned for William & Anastasija’s safety and well being.
 

Appeal:

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the disappearance of William and Anastasija to come forward.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Gormanston area in the afternoon of Tuesday the 14th April 2015 to come forward.

Laytown Garda Station Telephone 0419827074

Gardaí at Sundrive Road Garda Station are investigating the murder of 39 year old Christopher Zambra, that occurred at 2.55pm on Bank Holiday Sunday, 4th May 2014 on Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.

Christopher lived on Galtymore Road and arrived home on Saturday evening, the 3rd May 2014 at about 10.30pm. He remained at home overnight until early on Sunday afternoon when he left to travel to Cooley Road. He drove a beige Audi saloon car and travelled along Galtymore Road, Slievenamon Road, turned left at the Carruth Roundabout onto Mourne Road & Dolphin Road.

Christopher’s car was followed by a Silver Nissan Qashqai from Galtymore Road and the route he took out onto Davitt Road along the canal. The Qashqai attempted to make a dangerous overtake along Davitt Road narrowly missing an oncoming car.

Christopher drove onto Cooley Road and the Qashqai drove slightly ahead and a man pointed a gun from the rear passenger window and fired a number of shots at Christopher’s car. Christopher got out the front passenger door of his car and attempted to escape but was chased on foot by this man and fatally wounded in a garden on Cooley Road.

The Qashqai drove at speed from the scene along Kilworth Road and Carrow Road before abandoning the car in a cul de sac on Ben Madigan Road and setting it alight. The driver fled on foot and made his getaway towards the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on Mourne Road.

Appeal:

• Gardaí believe the movements of Christopher Zambra may have been monitored and believe that a number of different modes of transport may have been used to do this. Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen suspicious activity in the days prior to this incident to come forward.

• The Nissan Qashqai was stolen during a burglary at Allenwood, Co. Kildare on Tuesday 28th April 2014. The registration number is WN57UUV. The Qashqai was discovered on fire on Ben Madigan Road and was fitted with a false registration number plate. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has information about the movements of this car between the 28th April and the 4th May to come forward.

• The Qashqai travelled along the canal, driving dangerously close to a car in front and attempted to make a dangerous overtake manoeuvre almost colliding with an oncoming car. Gardaí are appealing to drivers who may remember this incident on this day to come forward. 

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.

• Gardaí are trying to establish the identity of the suspect who carried out this incident

• Gardaí are trying to establish the identity of the driver of this Qashqai that was burnt out on Ben Madigan Road after the shooting or anyone else involved in this incident

 

Sundrive Road Garda Station Telephone 016666600

John Cusack Murder

The Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating the fatal Shooting of John Cusack that occurred at his home between Saturday the 23rd and Monday 25th September 1995 at Meentula, Murroe, Co. Limerick. John was 56 years old, he had been married and was the father of seven grown up children. John was well known in the area as a farmer who attended local marts dealing in the sale and purchase of livestock.

On Monday afternoon, the 25th September 1995 John Cusack was found lying at the front door of his house. He had been fatally shot in the back. John had spent Saturday evening with his daughter Breda who travelled home to Limerick from Dublin where she was studying, to spend time with her father, as she did most weekends.

They had dinner together that evening and at about 8.30pm John dropped his daughter back into Limerick City where she was staying.

The Post Mortem examination put the time of death at approximately 10pm on Saturday 21st.

 
Appeal:

• This September will mark the twenty year anniversary of the murder of John Cusack who was found murdered at his home in Meentulla, Murroe, Co. Limerick.  The Gardaí are appealing to the public for assistance.  The Gardaí are satisfied that there are person(s) within the community with information that would be beneficial to the case.  Through the passage of time people may have been reluctant to come forward in relation to this murder but the Gardaí are appealing for their assistance. To help people recall the time of year, it was the Saturday after the All-Ireland football final between Dublin & Tyrone. 

• The Gardaí would like to hear from anyone who may now recall something unusual on Saturday 23rd September 1995 in the Murroe area (no matter how insignificant it may seem. John Cusack dropped his daughter off in Cherrydale Court which is near the Parkway shopping centre in Limerick at 8.30pm. He was driving his 1985 Limerick registered pick up. Perhaps someone recalls seeing the vehicle in Limerick or as it travelled back to Murroe.

• John Cusack was a man that was known far and wide throughout the country – especially among those in the farming community.  He ‘dealt’’ in cattle, sheep and horses.  Perhaps someone from the farming community remembers meeting John that week or in the weeks before he was found murdered in September 1995.  Was there anything unusual about his demeanour?  Did he appear worried or upset about anything? Was there anything out of character in his behaviour?  Was he involved in any argument or disagreement? Any information would help the Gardaí try to piece together what happened on this fateful night in September 1995.

• As stated John Cusack met and dealt with many people around the area and around the country.  Had anyone an appointment to meet him that weekend and thought it unusual that he did not turn up?  Does anyone recall having made an effort to contact him that weekend and find it unusual that they could not contact him. 

• Meentulla, Murroe, is a very quiet isolated area set in rural east Limerick.  The Cusack family home was set deep in the wooded area of the Slieve Felim Way.  It is a quiet area that would attract a lot of hill walkers and tourists throughout the year visiting the area.  Did anyone local notice anything strange or unusual in the area that night or that week?  Was there any activity that looked out of place?  Perhaps you were a walker out visiting the area of Slieve Felim/Clare Glens and noticed something unusual or suspicious in or around the 23rd September 1995.  The smallest piece of information could be key to solving what has been a twenty year nightmare for the Cusack family.  This remains an open and active case and An Garda Síochána in Limerick will continue to investigate it.

Bruff Garda Station on 061 382940

Dean Roche

This month’s traffic segment offered advice to the public in relation to motorcycle safety. Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss how the public can stay safe and will illustrate best practice in terms of motorcycle equipment via a demonstration with a motorcycle and motorcyclist in studio.

Garda Cloughley also discussed recent trends in terms of fatalities on our roads.