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Friday 6 December 2019

'I won't rest until we get justice for Ken', says dad as he calls for new probe

Brian Fetherston wants justice for his son Ken who was murdered 10 years ago. Photo: Frank McGrath
Brian Fetherston wants justice for his son Ken who was murdered 10 years ago. Photo: Frank McGrath

The heartbroken father of a young dad who was murdered 10 years ago and his body dumped in the Dublin mountains has vowed to never give up fighting for justice for his son.

Brian Fetherston is also calling on Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to reignite the garda investigation into the murder of his son, Ken Fetherston. The 26-year-old, from Tallaght, disappeared on September 22, 2009, after going to Knocklyon to ask for money he had loaned some people.

His family reported him missing the next day and, three days after he vanished, Ken's car was found abandoned at a slip road near Gorey, Co Wexford.

Then on January 31, 2010, the skeletal remains of a man were found just off Military Road in the Dublin mountains above Rathfarnham.

Stabbed

Two men were missing presumed murdered at that time in unrelated incidents - Ken and another Tallaght man, Paul Byrne, who had gone missing in July 2009.

Families of both men visited the mountain road waiting to find out who the remains belonged to, and they turned out to be those of Ken.

The family of Mr Byrne would have to wait until July 2010 before his body was also found, at Ballyfolan, near Manor Kilbride, in west Wicklow, which is about 11km from Blessington.

A post-mortem carried out on Ken's remains revealed that he had been stabbed repeatedly.

Speaking to the Herald after marking the 10th anniversary of his son's disappearance and death on Sunday, his father Brian said the decade since his son's brutal murder has been "very tough".

"Ken had bought cars that would be fixed up and sold on," he said.

Ken’s Honda Civic
Ken’s Honda Civic

''He went to collect money that was owed to him and didn't come home.

"We think about him every day. Ten years seems like a lifetime.''

Brian also said he is now going to approach Mr Harris in an effort to get the murder case revisited with fresh eyes to see if it can be advanced in any way.

"I will appeal to him directly to look again at the case. I want to see justice done. I won't rest until we get justice for Ken," he said.

"It's been very tough going the last 10 years.

"We all have our ways of dealing with the grief. I talk to Ken every day and that gives me comfort.''

Brian said that whoever killed Ken never thought he would be found.

"Having faced the worst time of our lives, his family and friends finally got some relief on January 31, 2010, when Ken's remains were found," he said.

"Please help me get justice for my son.

''Anyone with information about this murder please contact the gardai in Tallaght or Crimestoppers. A reward has been offered.

"We need answers. Three years ago, a garda liaison person called to me, and I had questions I wanted answered.

Information

''They said they would come back to me but I haven't had a word back since then.

''We need questions answered. We urgently need the investigation to be looked at again. We are appealing to anybody who knows something to come forward in confidence.

''Somebody must have information.''

An inquest into Ken's death heard he was last seen at 10am on September 22, 2009, at a garage on Landy's Industrial Estate, Knocklyon, where he worked on commission.

Ken's family reported him missing to gardai at 10pm on September 23.

Gardai were able to recover 35 to 40pc of his remains after his skull was found by walkers on January 31, 2010.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said the deceased was stabbed multiple times, with injuries evident in the skull and neck.

A murder inquiry was then launched following the post-mortem and four people were arrested.

They were later released and a file went to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who decided that there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

Detective Inspector John Walsh said gardai did not believe that he met his demise in the place where he was found.

The file remains open.

Gardai were working on the theory that the father-of-one was murdered in Tallaght sometime shortly after he went missing.

His body was bundled into the back of his red Honda Civic car and then taken to the Military Road in the Dublin mountains and dumped there.

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