Tuesday 15 January 2019

DNA used to identify dad killed in car blaze

A DUBLIN dad-of-one died in a horror crash that saw his car engulfed in flames.

Marc McKenna (30), from Artane was driving in Co Mayo when he car smashed into a tree at Cartoon, Newport.

The vehicle quickly became an inferno and gardai believe he may have been transporting petrol which contributed to the intensity of the blaze.

Mr McKenna's body was so badly burned that emergency services could not tell if the victim was male or female.

It's understood that Mr McKenna was identified through DNA testing by comparison with a family member.

Mr McKenna was a father of one and worked as a DJ.

He was a friend of Eoin O'Connor from Coolock who was murdered earlier this year along with Anthony Keegan.

Mr O'Connor and Mr Keegan went missing in April. Their bodies were later found on an island in a Co Cavan lake with bullet wounds to their heads.

The collision that claimed Mr McKenna's life happened at around 1.30am last Saturday.

His funeral is expected to be held later this week.

"On arrival at the scene emergency services encountered a car off the road and engulfed in flames," a Garda spokesman said.

"The fire was extinguished and a body was discovered in the car," he added.

The area was sealed off and a technical examination including a forensic collision examination was carried out.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who has information about the incident to contact them at Westport Garda Station on 098 50230.


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