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Wednesday 13 December 2017

I hope killers rot in jail - Melanie's mum

THE mother of teenage murder victim Melanie McCarthy McNamara has said that justice must be done for her murdered daughter.

Heartbroken mum Melissa McCarthy's comments come as gardai have almost completed detailed forensic tests on a shotgun, gloves and the stolen getaway jeep used in the murder of the 16-year-old.

The teenager's body is also now expected to be released to her family as early as tomorrow.

A source explained: "After full forensic tests, the garda investigation will be able to move to the next phase. Arrests can then happen before the week is over."



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In an emotional plea on a Facebook site set up to honour Melanie, her mum posted: "... that scuba that took u from me has a daughter to what way would he feel if someone killed her but we all no that she will grow up without her daddy because i have faith in the police and i no justice will be done for you....."

The intended target of Tuesday's murder was Melanie's partner Christy Moran (21) who has been left completely devastated by the slaying of the girl he intended to marry.

Last night Christy also posted on the tribute site. He wrote: "... baby you could never ever no how much i love you baby and how much i miss you wen they done tat to you they killed me 2 i fell like i have notin left to live for i'm so sorry baby and will you please wait for me baby because it cant be long be4 i'm wit you you cant go on journey's like tat by yourself baby."



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Referring to the fact that the couple had planned to get married, Christy writes: "I hope you like the ring I new it was the one you were tellin me about."

Meanwhile, gardai are continuing to mount extra armed patrols in the Tallaght and Ballyfermot areas over fears that Melanie's killers will be targeted by the infamous McCarthy/ Dundon gang -- who have family links to both her and Christy.

Both of the criminals who are suspected of direct involvement in the murder are on bail and are well-known to gardai.

Known as heavy crack cocaine users, the Tallaght thugs have strong links to a Ballyfermot gang and were also closely associated with Tallaght drug dealer Stephen O' Halloran who was shot dead in January, 2009.

As previously revealed in the Herald, the gangster who ordered the botched hit which caused Melanie's death, has ordered a hit on his two henchmen. The 20-year-old fears that the men may testify against him if they are arrested.

kfoy@herald.ie

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