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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Widow (42) of murdered father left terrified after home gun attack

Murder victim Christopher Cawley
Murder victim Christopher Cawley

A 42-year-old widow whose husband was brutally murdered by two of Ireland's most notorious criminals was left terrified after shots were fired into her home as she slept.

In the capital's latest gun attack, it is understood Janet Cawley and a 15-year-old boy were asleep when a window was hit by bullets from a handgun.

The terrifying incident unfolded on Thomas Davis Street West in Inchicore, south Dublin, at around 1.50am yesterday. Ms Cawley's son Jordan (19) was also believed to be in the house.

There were at least three other occupants in the property when the gun attack happened, including three men aged between 19 and 36.

Vicious

The men were in the sitting room when the shots were fired but no one was injured.

Officers rushed to the scene and discovered bullets embedded in furniture.

The house was then sealed off for a technical examination.

Gardai from Kilmainham Garda Station are investigating the incident but no arrests have been made.

A motive has yet to be established.

Ms Cawley witnessed her husband Christopher Cawley (36) being beaten and stabbed to death in front of the block of flats where they lived at Tyrone Place, Inchicore, on October 29, 2006.

Warren (42) and Jeffrey Dumbrell (36) were jailed for life in February 2011 after being convicted of his murder.

They are considered to be among Ireland's most vicious criminals.

It was the second time that a jury had found them guilty of murder after their original conviction was quashed in July 2010 and a re-trial was ordered.

At the original trial, Warren Dumbrell was found not guilty of threatening to kill Ms Cawley.

In her victim impact statement, Ms Cawley said that all her children had been traumatised by their father's death and could not see a future without their dad.

Killing

One of her sons, who was just five years old when he witnessed his father's killing, did not talk for three months after the attack.

Her eldest daughter, Mairead, who also witnessed the murder and gave evidence against the Dumbrells, dropped out of school and took on Mr Cawley's role in the home.

Ms Cawley said she can no longer work and is dependent on her children.

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