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Thursday 14 December 2017

Innocent cousins shot dead at petrol station had gone to get sweets

A Facebook tribute to Glen Murphy (left) and Mark Noonan
A Facebook tribute to Glen Murphy (left) and Mark Noonan

Two cousins shot dead at a Dublin petrol station in a case of mistaken identity had gone to the shop to buy sweets, an inquest heard.

Two cousins shot dead at a Dublin petrol station in a case of mistaken identity had gone to the shop to buy sweets, an inquest heard.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane described the deaths of Mark Noonan (23), of Rathborne Drive, Cabra, and Glen Murphy (19), of Drumalee Drive, North Circular Road, as an "indescribable tragedy".

The two young men left Mr Noonan's partner's apartment to buy snacks and cigarettes on the night of November 23, 2010, Dublin Coroner's Court heard.

Soon after pulling into the Tesco Clearwater petrol station in Finglas they were shot. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

Tesco worker Mary O'Brien said a grey car pulled up to the service hatch at around 11.40pm and a man got out.

"He asked for 20 John Player Blue. With that I heard a bang. He fell on his back on the ground," she said. Ms O'Brien ran to call security.

"When I heard the bang I realised straight away someone had been shot and I panicked. It was only afterwards I found out about the second man."

Mark Noonan's partner, Antoinette Kiernan, said she had given him her phone and bank card to pick up provisions.

She and Mr Murphy's partner stayed behind and received a call from Mr Murphy to say the card was not working. That was the last they heard from them.

Security worker Feliks Adrianov said he spotted six to seven bullet holes in the windscreen of a Toyota Avensis car and a body lying across the front seats.

He saw a second man lying on his back on the ground near the shop counter.

Motive

Another security worker saw a dark BMW 5 Series approach the filling station and heard shots before the car sped off.

Det Insp Des McTiernan said 300 witnesses were interviewed and two people were arrested as part of the garda investigation, which remains "very much open".

"As to motive, we still have an open mind but we know for certain that Mark and Glen were innocent victims in a case of mistaken identity," he said.

The jury returned two verdicts of unlawful killing by a person or persons unknown.

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