The January programme was aired on the 29th January 2018
Gardaí at Claremorris Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty-one-year-old, Joe Deacy who was found unconscious with head injuries in a driveway of a house in Gortnasillagh, Co. Mayo on Saturday 12th August 2017.
Joe was from St. Albans in the United Kingdom but his family have relatives and friends in the west of Ireland, specifically Galway and Mayo. Joe loved soccer and Gaelic Football and spent several summers as a young boy in the west of Ireland visiting family and friends. During his teenage years Joe maintained contact with family, friends and cousins and visited them often, attending the Galway races and Gaelic Football matches.
On the 11th of August 2017, Joe had been in Ireland visiting relatives and friends. He went to a bar known locally as Paddy’s bar in Kiltimagh. Later Joe returned to the house where he was staying in the townland of Gortnasillagh.
At 6.45am on Saturday morning, 12th August, Joe was found unconscious in the driveway of the house with head injuries. Joe died at Beaumont Hospital the following day from his injuries.
Joe’s family made an emotional appeal for information from the public.
Appeal: • Gardaí would like to thank the public so far for their help and assistance with this investigation, however, they are appealing to anyone who has not yet come forward to do so now. • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of Gortnasillagh or the N5 between Swinford or Bohola on Saturday 12th August between 2.30am and 7am to come forward. • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in the community to come forward now and they will be treated sensitively.
Gardaí at Claremorris Garda Station are investigating, tel: (094) 937 2080
Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man’s body at Rusheen Bay Woods, Barna, Co. Galway on 27th September 2014.
Gardaí are satisfied the man died some four to six weeks prior to when his body was discovered and decomposition had set in adding to the difficulty in identifying him as there was no identification found on the man’s body.
Gardaí launched an extensive investigation in the hope of identifying the remains. The assistance of Forensic Science Ireland and The University of Dundee, Scotland was required to assist with the investigation, a number of forensic & DNA testing was conducted on the remains as well as dental examinations. Doctor Christopher Rynn, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee carried out a forensic analysis on the remains and was provided with a 3D scan of the man’s skull to reconstruct the man’s face based on those findings.
The man is described as aged between forty-three and forty-eight years old, of large build. He was wearing a leather jacket, Athletech fleece with runners. He was wearing a gold bracelet watch not currently sold in Europe. The watch brand - Caravelle by Bulova is commonly available in retail outlets in Canada / America. A representative from Bulova Watches has confirmed that this particular watch was only sold in the USA and Canada. He had a distinctive gap in his top front teeth. A single key was found along with a small sum of money in sterling and euro notes.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may recognise the man from the reconstructed face and together with the description of the man’s clothing may be in a position to identify him.
• Gardaí are now seeking the assistance of the public including the tourism industries i.e. proprietors of Hotels, B&B’s, Hostels, tour companies, coffee shops etc., together with private landlords, in identifying the deceased and in tracing the movements of the deceased from June 2014 to September 2014.
• Gardaí are seeking the assistance of the general public in identifying the deceased.
• Gardaí are appealing to the public who have family and friends living in the UK, USA and Canada to circulate the facial reconstructed image of the deceased via social media e.g. twitter and facebook.
Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are invstigating, tel: (091) 514 727
Gardaí at Dundrum Garda station are investigating the murder of forty-eight-year-old Felix McCann whose remains were discovered on 23rdJanuary 1998 at 5.20pm in a disused shed at Dún Gaoithe on the Kilgobbin Road, Sandyford, Co. Dublin. He had been seriously assaulted.
Gardaí launched an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the movements of Felix in the hours before he died and have established that Felix arrived in Sandyford between 12.30am - 1am on the 23rd of January, when he was dropped off at a house at Bearna Park estate. However, he was unable to visit or stay there as the occupant was out for the evening. At 1.15am at the same location a couple driving past observed a man leaning against a hedge near the entrance to the estate. The description of this man matches that of Felix. At 1.35am a taxi driver observed two men walking along Sandyford road towards Dun Gaoithe, again the description matches that of Felix. The man with Felix was described as about thirty years old, five foot seven inches in height wearing a black anorak with shoulder length unwashed curly black hair.
Felix is described as 48 years old man, five foot eight inches in height with slightly receding greying brown hair. He was wearing blue corduroy trousers with a canvas belt, a black double breasted raincoat with a white padded lining, a white shirt and t-shirt. A blue blanket was found in the shed which Felix was known to have with him.
• Gardaí would like further information on the man who was in Felix McCann’s company at 1.35am at the top of Sandyford Village.
• Gardaí are anxious for any member of the public to come forward with information that they may have thought was trivial or irrelevant at the time.
• Gardaí appeal to anyone who has personal knowledge or information about the murder of Felix McCann, and who felt unable to pass it on to the Gardaí in 1998 for whatever reason. Now with the passage of time that person may feel in a position to give that vital piece of information. We are confident that there are people with this crucial information.
• All information received by the Gardaí will be dealt with sensitively and sympathetically.
Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 666 5600
Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating an incident that occurred at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre car park on Saturday 27th May 2017.
A teenager and his younger brother were sitting in a car in the car park of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre waiting for their mother who was shopping. A man and woman approached the car and asked the teenager for the time. The man and woman returned a short time later and on this occasion they got into the rear of the car. The teenager was assaulted and handed over the keys to the car. They then put the teenager and his brother out of the car and left the area, leaving the two boys standing in the car park.
The car is a grey Toyota Avensis 04D4354 and travelled southbound on the N7 after it was stolen. Later that evening, at about 9.40pm, this car was used in the theft of petrol at a service station in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.
Two detailed EVOFITS were compiled of the suspected offenders. The woman was described as having a skinny face and nose, she was wearing a dark blue jumper with the hood up and had dark hair. The man is described as about five foot nine inches in height of medium build with a broad face with red stubble on his face. He was wearing a black hooded jumper. Both were between twenty and thirty years old.
Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 666 7300
Gardaí at Leixlip Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of thirty-eight-year-old Marcin Michalek who has not been seen since 17th April 2016.
Marcin is a polish national but had been living in Ireland for a number of years. At the time of his disappearance Marcin was residing at Ormond House Apartments, Maynooth. Marcin was seen on CCTV at Tesco in Maynooth between 6.35pm and 6.52pm. This is the last confirmed sighting of Marcin. Marcin’s car, a grey Mazda 6, registration number 04WX203 was recovered on 4th May 2016.
Marcin is described as five foot nine inches in height of medium build with blue eyes and dark hair, a tight haircut with a partial beard. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a black tracksuit top with red writing on same with beige walking shoes. He was known to carry a small black backpack.
Marcin’s family, friends and the Gardaí are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing.
Gardai at Leixlip Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 666 7800
The injured party was assaulted and received serious facial injuries.
The suspect is described as five foot nine to five foot ten inches in height of athletic build, with short dark hair, longer on top.
Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 666 9000
Gardaí at Crumlin Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred at Brookfield Green, Kimmage, Dublin 12 between 5pm and 6.20pm on Monday 18th December 2017.
The injured party returned home and disturbed an intruder who is described as being approximately thirty years old, five foot eight inches in height with dark eyes, a thin face with stubble and spoke with a Dublin accent. He was wearing black workman’s trousers with side pockets, a black shiny jacket and a beanie hat.
Gardaí at Crumlin Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 666 6200
On this month’s Crime Prevention segment, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to offer advice in relation to the “Ask for Angela” initiative. The aim of this initiative is to focus on supporting people who feel unsafe, intimated or threatened in a social setting, while on a night out and whose evening is not going well. Any person who finds themselves in this situation is encouraged to approach the staff on duty at the premises. They then use the following code words “Is Angela in?”. The staff will then know that the person is in need of assistance and will help to remove them from the situation discretely and call a taxi if necessary. Sergeant Kavanagh also offered advice to the public in relation to an online dating scam.
Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss the problem that drivers encounter in relation to “daytime running lights”. Garda Cloughley advised drivers of the common problems associated with the issue and how it can be avoided. He reviewed the 2017 fatalities - it was the safest year on record. He also discussed the aims and objectives of the 2018 Roads Policing Plan, referencing some of the national operations scheduled, including a Pan European Operation Enable.