No new developments in relation to Alan Desmond death
By Louise Roseingrave
THE death of a gunshot victim whose body was discovered by playing children remains unsolved.
No charges have been brought in relation to the death of Alan Desmond (37), of Kilclare Avenue, Jobstown, Tallaght, who was shot once in the head. Mr Desmond had been missing for three weeks before his body was found. Children playing at Killinarden Hill found his body on Saturday, May 8, 2013.
Detective Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda Station told Dublin Coroner’s Court that no developments had been made in relation to Mr Desmond’s death, which remains unsolved.
The violent death was investigated, but no file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Coroner Dr Brian Farrell heard. The deceased’s sister Denise was present in court as the inquest was reopened and adjourned again for full hearing next year.
The deceased’s mother passed away in recent weeks, Det Insp Walsh said.
Mr Desmond’s body had lain in a field near Tallaght for a number of weeks and Gardaí believed it may never have been found if not for the children playing in the area.
A number of weapons were found at Mr Desmond’s home, including three rifles, a handgun and two sawn-off shotguns. The guns were loaded and a large amount of ammunition was also found.
Mr Desmond was under investigation in connection with the seizure and gardaí suspect his shooting may have been related to the seizure. Mr Desmond had served time in jail both in Ireland and in the UK. He was last released from prison in 2004 after serving a sentence for firearms offences.
Details surrounding Mr Desmond’s murder will be heard at a full inquest hearing into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court on January 14 2016.
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