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Thursday 21 November 2019

'Help find our mum's killer' - daughters of murdered Antoinette

Lisa and Rachel Smith have issued a plea for information about their mother Antoinette’s murder 32 years ago
Lisa and Rachel Smith have issued a plea for information about their mother Antoinette’s murder 32 years ago

The daughters of a young woman murdered 32 years ago believe she was killed in a "well-planned attack" by someone she knew.

Marking the anniversary of Antoinette Smith's death, her daughters Rachel and Lisa Smith issued another plea for information.

Ms Smith, from Clondalkin, was 27 when she disappeared after a David Bowie concert at Slane in 1987.

Drain

She went to the La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street afterwards and left at 2.15am, but never returned home.

Her body was found nearly a year later in a drain on Glendoo Mountain in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Rachel, who was four when her mother disappeared, has vowed to keep fighting for justice and says the family need a breakthrough.

"There's someone out there responsible for this horrific and horrible crime," she said at Bray Garda Station.

"Someone is holding on to information and we want them to come forward so we can put this behind us and let her rest in peace."

She said their father was getting old and "just wants justice".

"Anyone holding information is just as guilty as the person responsible. We need something, even small, to bring the links together," she added.

Antoinette Smith
Antoinette Smith

Rachel said she believes the person who murdered her mother was known to her.

"We don't know who it is. It could be a family member, it could be a close friend," she said.

"Things could have escalated on a night out and this person has left two young kids to grow up without a mother."

Lisa was seven when she learned of her mother's death.

She believes the culprit left her body in an isolated location with the intention she would never be found.

"We do know that it was probably a well-planned attack," she said.

Det Insp Sorcha Fitzpatrick, who is leading the investigation, also appealed for information.

"Circumstances change over the years and someone who may have been prevented at the time from coming to us with information, we are appealing to them to come forward," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bray Garda Station (01 666 5300) the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or any garda station.

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