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Thursday 18 October 2018

Family home of killer is targeted in gun attack

Bullet holes were visible in the porch door of the house, which is the family home of Wayne
Kennedy
Bullet holes were visible in the porch door of the house, which is the family home of Wayne Kennedy

A house targeted in a gun attack in Shankill late on Saturday night is the innocent parents' home of a convicted killer, leading gardai to believe the shooting may be linked to a double stabbing in 2013.

There were people in the house in Rathsallagh Park, including three children, when it was shot at three times at 11.30pm on Saturday.

One of the bullets penetrated a pane of glass in the porch door before going through a wooden panel at the front door and into the hallway.

Shots

The house is the parents' home of Wayne Kennedy (37), who is currently serving a sentence for the manslaughter of David Spain on St Stephen's Day 2013, in Rathsallagh Park.

In the same incident a friend of Mr Spain's, boxer Sean Turner, was stabbed but survived.

The Kennedy family home is now monitored by at least six CCTV cameras, and it is hoped that footage of Saturday night's shooting may have been recorded.

The scene was sealed off and members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination yesterday.

A bullet hole could be seen in the porch door, lining up with a hole in a wooden panel beside the front door within the porch.

Plastic numbered markers were placed over items of evidence on the roadway outside by gardai. Neighbours said they heard a number of shots at 11.30pm, but did not see anyone leave the area.

"It's frightening. They are all innocent people in that house. It's terrible to think that they could be targeted this way," said one.

A Garda spokesman said no one was injured in the incident. A Garda helicopter was deployed in the area, but no arrests have yet been made.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to get in touch with Shankill Garda Station on (01) 666 5900, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

During his trial at the Central Criminal Court in 2015, jurors were told how Kennedy sent Mr Turner a text message at 4.45am on the day in question, which said: "Enough is enough - you owe me 50 quid for months now. I don't want to fall out with you but you're taking the p**s now."

The court heard Mr Turner, a professional boxer, met Kennedy in a green area of Rathsallagh Park for a fight.

The jury heard Mr Turner was at a party in Mr Spain's house and came out. Kennedy had brought a knife with him.

Mr Spain was home from Australia for Christmas and did not know Kennedy well.

The court heard Mr Turner received two knife wounds, which were potentially life-threatening.

Mr Turner ran back toward Mr Spain's house shouting that he had been stabbed.

It was then that Mr Spain ran after Kennedy and they fought.

Mr Spain punched Kennedy a number of times and Kennedy then stabbed him six times, killing him.

Kennedy was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Spain. He was found not guilty of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Turner.

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