On this month’s Crime Prevention Segment Sergeant Amanda Flood was in studio to discuss online shopping. The countdown is on for Christmas which means a significant increase in online purchases and sales. To coincide with two of the busiest online shopping days of the year, namely Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Sergeant Flood focused on the 12 Golden Rules of Safe Online Shopping and offered advice to the public on how best to keep your money and details safe.
The Gardaí at Clondalkin Garda Station are investigating an assault causing harm incident that occurred in Clondalkin on Wednesday 21st December 2016.
The victim was at home when he answered a knock on his front door. There was a man at the door who punched the victim in the face causing him to fall to the ground. This man then produced a Stanley knife and cut the victim on his face. The suspect fled the scene in a red Honda CR-V Registration number 98D79972 that was later recovered burnt out on Birchwood Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
The suspect was described as six-foot-tall, mid-thirties with some facial stubble wearing a grey jumper with the hood up.
Gardaí at Clondalkin Garda Station are investigating tel: +353 1 666 7600
Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating a robbery from the person that occurred on Monday 30th October 2017 at approximately 8pm at Curragh Chase, Kilcornan, Limerick.
The victim offered assistance after being flagged down by a man who claimed that his car had broken down. The car was a green Mitsubishi Shogun jeep with an English registration number plate. The victim was forced into the car by a number of other men, a black handgun was produced and the victim was threatened into handing over a sum of cash.
Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (061) 212 400
Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are looking for assistance in tracing missing person Stephen Cullinan who is missing from Limerick City since Friday 3rd November 2017.
Stephen is twenty-six years old and originally from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. He is described as five foot eleven inches in height, approximately thirteen stone with short brown hair and a fresh complexion. He wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a Grey jumper and dark coloured pants and is believed to be in possession of a black back pack.
Gardaí believe he may have travelled to the Dublin City Centre area.
Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (061) 212 400
Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating a fatal house fire that occurred on 20th September 1987 claiming the lives of twenty-year-old Barbara Doyle and her two young nieces, eight-year-old Mary Ellen and five-year-old Kerrie Byrne.
Barbara was babysitting her two nieces for her sister Liz for the evening in their home at Church Lane. Liz and her husband Aidan were going to a party in the town. At around 3am Liz and Aidan were making their way home when a neighbour told them that their house was on fire. A large crowd gathered at the house on Church Lane including extended family members. Sadly, Barbara, Mary Ellen and Kerrie died in the fire. The fire was treated as an accident.
On the 20th September 2017, following the discovery of new evidence, this case was upgraded to a murder investigation and remains on going.
The girl’s mother Liz and sister Pamela, spoke for the first time about the devastating impact this had on their family and appealed for help and assistance from the public and local community.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information about this incident to come forward now and believe there are people with information that could assist the investigation who have not come forward before now.
• Gardaí believe that with the passage of time and changes in circumstance and relationships people may now be in a position to come forward with information.
• A man was seen running from the house on Church Lane as it was burning, Gardaí believe this man knocked on the next doors neighbours house. This man has never been identified.
Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating tel: (045) 884 300
Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating the murder of thirty-six-year-old Darragh Nugent that occurred on Monday 11th September 2017 at 9.30 pm.
At approximately 9pm, Darragh was at home with his partner and two young children in his house on Wheatfield Avenue, Neilstown, Clondalkin watching television. As Darragh was watching television, he saw two men looking through the sitting room window. Darragh told his partner he was going outside to check.
His partner then saw a black coloured BMW 3 Series registration number 02MH7025 car parked on the road outside the house. Shortly after a masked man approached the house and knocked on the sitting room window. Darragh’ s partner told him to leave, but he kicked in the front door and searched the house. The man was armed with a firearm and as he left the garden he met Darragh outside.
Darragh was shot a number of times and fatally injured. At the same time the BMW 3 Series car drove out of Wheatfield Avenue onto Collinstown Road. The car then travelled onto Neilstown Road and Fonthill Road. At approximately 10pm the car turned right onto Captains Hill, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
The next sighting of this car is 24 hours later in the Woodside estate in Leixlip. The car was on fire and three men were seen walking near the car at this time. These men were described as 18-21 years old, five foot ten inches in height to six foot, wearing dark clothing with the hoods up.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the vicinity of Wheatfield Ave on the evening of Monday September 11th to come forward
• Two men were seen walking near to the victim’s house, the first man was described as five foot five inches in height wearing a grey tracksuit, bottoms of which were very baggy. The second man was described as taller wearing all dark clothing. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the identity of these men to come forward.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the 3 Series BMW car registration number 02MH7025. This car was purchased in June of this year.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may know where this car was parked between June and September.
Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 7300
Gardaí in Galway are continuing to investigate the murder of forty-seven-year-old mother of two Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy who was murdered on 30th November 1997.
Eileen was originally from Corofin and was a taxi driver in Galway City. She shared the taxi with the owner, and normally worked the day shift. On 30th November Eileen commenced work at around 8am and was busy throughout the day. Earlier that day she met two friends during the day and visited her mother. At 8pm Eileen informed the taxi base that she was taking a fare to Claregalway. About twenty minutes later the base attempted to make contact with Eileen to collect a fare in Claregalway but there was no answer. Eileen was due to meet the owner of the taxi to hand over the car and keys at 9pm in a carpark on the Dyke Road. When she didn’t arrive the owner became worried and attempted to contact her.
A number of Eileen’s colleagues were concerned and searched for her in Galway that night. Just before midnight, Eileen’s taxi was discovered at Lydon House Bakery. There were visible signs that a violent incident had taken place inside the taxi.
Gardaí searched the area for Eileen throughout the night. At around midday the following day a farmer discovered Eileen’s body at Tinkers Lane, Knockdoemore, just off the N17. Eileen had been assaulted and murdered.
Twenty years on, Gardaí continue to investigate this case and have four areas of appeal they are focusing on.
• At around 8.30pm, on the N17, close to Tinkers Lane, a woman with blonde hair was seen walking in the direction of Galway against oncoming traffic. She was at the hard shoulder and appeared in a distracted state. This woman has never been identified.
• Secondly, at 8.45pm a motorist observed Eileen’s taxi, a silver Toyota Carina registration number 97G6663, driving erratically on the N17 towards Galway. As the cars approached Leaders shop the motorist overtook the taxi and saw a man with a beard driving it. The taxi turned left into Lydon House Bakery. This man has never been identified.
• At around 9pm, a man was seen jumping down from a wall close to Lydon House Bakery and walking in the direction of Galway. He was wearing a green jacket and carrying a small canvas bag. This man has never been identified.
• Finally, a small red car was seen at 2am at Tinkers Lane where Eileen’s body was found. The car had reversed up the laneway and had the parking lights on. The occupants of this car have never been identified.
Gardaí at Clifden Garda Station are investigating tel: (095) 22500
Gardaí at Carrickmacross Garda Station are continuing to investigate the murder of twenty-one-year-old Paul Quinn who was murder at Tullyvanus, Co. Monaghan on 20th October 2007.
Paul was assaulted by a number of men after being lured to a shed in Tullyvanus. An extensive Garda investigation was launched and remains ongoing today. A number of arrests have been made and statements taken from a number of people.
Gardaí believe that there are still people with information in the community who have never come forward and appeal to those people to do so now.
Paul’s mother Breege will be in studio to make a direct appeal for information from the public.
Gardaí at Carrickmacross Garda Station are investigating tel: +353 42 969 0190
This month’s traffic segment included a feature with members of An Garda Síochána’s Traffic Corps, as they went on patrol as part of Operation Enable.
The operation is a multi-agency initiative between An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, Dublin Street Parking Services, the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).
The objective of the Operation is to remind motorists of the need to respect the Disabled Parking Bays in Dublin City Centre and to remind Disabled Parking Permit holders of the need to respect the conditions attached to the permits.
With the increased volume of traffic and the ongoing construction projects in Dublin City Centre at the moment, on-street parking is at a premium. An unfortunate consequence of this has been an upsurge in both motorists illegally parking in disabled parking bays and also instances of people misusing the parking permits themselves.
The Crimecall team accompanied Sergeant Peter Woods and members of the traffic corps on patrol as they dealt with offending motorists.
Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to offer further advice to the public in relation to Operation Enable and how to stay safe on the roads over the Christmas period.