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Monday 18 December 2017

Brother identified innocent locksmith gunned down in botched double murder

Mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally was shot dead in hallway
Mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally was shot dead in hallway

The brother of an innocent locksmith who was gunned down in a botched gangland shooting has told how he had to identify the body of the murdered man.

Antoinette Corbally (48), the sister of intended target Derek 'Bottler' Devoy, and Clinton Shannon (30) were shot dead outside a house in Ballymun last August 16.

Autopsy

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane opened the inquest into the two deaths at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday.

Mr Shannon, of Lincoln Hall, Applewood, Swords, died of gunshot injuries to the neck and chest, according to an autopsy conducted by State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy.

His brother, Tom Shannon, attended the inquest to give evidence of the formal identification of the body following the fatal shooting. Mr Shannon said he attended the scene of the double shooting at Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, on August 16.

"I formally identified the body of my brother to Det Gda Mick Harkin, of Ballymun Garda Station," Mr Shannon said in his deposition.

Det Gda Harkin formally identified Clinton Shannon and Ms Corbally at the city morgue in Whitehall before post-mortem examinations were performed.

Mother-of-six Ms Corbally, of Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head and trunk, according to Prof Cassidy's autopsy report.

It is believed that her brother, Derek Devoy, was the intended target of the hit at the house at around 4pm.

Mr Shannon was sitting in a car parked outside while Ms Corbally was shot in the hallway.

Mr Shannon was a locksmith and had no involvement in crime, according to gardai.

The investigation into the double murder is continuing, Supt Colm Fox told the court. He applied for a six-month adjournment of the inquest.

Adjourning proceedings for further mention until May 10, Dr Cullinane offered her condolences to family members.

"In this court we will hear no further evidence until the gardai advise us of any updates in the criminal investigation," she said.

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