Monday 19 March 2018

Body found dumped in crash car's boot

The body of a young man has been found in the boot of a car that was crashed in Dublin.

Gardai were this evening investigating the circumstances surrounding the grim discovery made at 10pm last night.

The man was named locally as David Starkey, with an address in Co Meath.

Aged in his 20s, it is not yet clear how he came to be in the boot. Gardai fear he was murdered first and the body then dumped in the boot.

The area in St Joseph's Park, Finglas was sealed off overnight as gardai awaited the arrival of State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.

It is thought that her initial post-mortem later today will reveal the precise cause and time of death.

There has been some gangland activity in the Finglas area in recent months and gardai will be keen to establish if this discovery is gangland related.

It is not yet clear whether Mr Starkey's body was in the boot when the car was crashed or if it was placed there afterwards.


Members of the garda forensic team arrived at the scene this morning and were carrying out a detailed examination of the car.

Only last month, the body of Czech-born Martin Sejna (30) was found in the boot of his own car some three days after he was reported missing in Naas, Co Kildare.

The non-violent death puzzled detectives as there were no visible signs of injury on Mr Sejna's body.

Mr Sejna, who lived with his girlfriend at St Finian's Terrace in Navan, Co Meath, worked with First Active in Naas.

He was reported missing by after failing to return home from socialising with friends.

Gardai traced the last movements of Mr Sejna's mobile phone to the Dublin 8 area and a search party of friends discovered his navy 99-reg Skoda Octavia on Island Street, near the south quays of the Liffey, at around 11.30pm on April 27.


Gardai solved the mystery after a friend who had partied with the dead man presented himself to officers.

The man went voluntarily to Naas garda station on April 29 and told officers that the finance worker died at his home.

The man told officers that Mr Sejna drank alcohol and took heroin before passing out.

His friend then panicked, placed Mr Sejna's body in the dead man's Skoda Octavia, and drove it to Dublin, it is believed.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who was in the St Joseph's Park area of Finglas last night to contact them at Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500 or to call the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.


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