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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Gardai collect 1,000 statements in Deans murder investigation

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Noel Deans
Noel Deans

Gardai have taken more than 1,000 statements in the investigation into the 2010 murder of a man who was shot while walking home from the pub, a coroner has heard.

Noel Deans (27) from Greenwood Lawn in Coolock, Dublin 5, was gunned down while walking toward a laneway at the Ferrycarrig Road in Priorswood at around 10.20pm on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

The father-of-one had been on his way to his partner's home, having spent the evening drinking at the Priorswood Inn in Coolock.

Convicted

Deans was a convicted criminal but was not thought to be a major gangland figure.

Dublin Coroner's Court had previously heard that Gardai launched a fresh investigation into Deans' death following a review of the case last year.

There were a number of events on in the pub where Deans was socialising on the night he died, including a traveller's Christening, which was attended by including 5-600 people and gardai have been endeavouring to identify all those present.

Updating the coroner on their progress today, Inspector Liam Dillon, of Raheny Garda Station, said that 70 lines of inquiry have been completed since the inquest was last mentioned in court last November.

"Over 1,000 statements have been taken. It is a very active investigation," he said.

Inquiry

"It is still ongoing and new lines of inquiry have been established," Inspector Dillon added.

Insp Dillon requested a further adjournment of the inquest to allow time for gardai to carry out their inquiries.

The Deans family was not in court.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on October 5.

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