Thursday 22 March 2018

Inquest into cartel murder of innocent dad put back again

Martin O’Rourke, partner Angelina Power and their daughter
Martin O’Rourke, partner Angelina Power and their daughter

Gardai are set to submit a file to the DPP in relation to the shooting of a man in a case of mistaken identity 'within weeks.' Martin O'Rourke (24) was shot dead in a lunchtime attack on Dublin's Sheriff St on April 14 2016.

An inquest into his death opened last September and was adjourned to allow for further investigation.

A resumed hearing inquest heard that one male was arrested in relation to the killing on December 5 last.

A file in relation to the young man's tragic death is to be submitted within weeks, the inquest heard. No criminal proceedings have been instituted as yet. There were no family members in court but Detective Garda John O'Donovan is liaising with the family in relation to developments, Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was told.

Gardai applied for a six-month adjournment of the case and it was adjourned for further mention to August 18. Mr O'Rourke was shot dead by a hitman hired by the Kinahan Cartel to shoot dead an associate of the Hutch mob.

Gardai believe that the intended target of the shooting in Sheriff Street was north inner city criminal Keith Murtagh.

Instead, tragic drug addict Martin O'Rourke (24) was shot at least twice in the face.

The shocking incident unfolded close to Noctor's pub in Dublin's north inner city and less than 50 metres away from Sheriff Youth Centre at around 12.25pm on August 14, 2016.

It's understood the gunman ran towards Murtagh (32) but shot Mr O'Rourke instead.

Mr O'Rourke, who had been living in sheltered accommodation for homeless people in the Halston Street area, had no involvement in the bitter feud that some of Murtagh's closest associates are active participants in.

After the fatal shooting, it is understood that a male pal of Murtagh contacted gardai and asked them to provide an escort out of the area.

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