Blarney, Co Cork: Gardai Launch Huge Search Following ‘Ambush’ Murder Of Father Of Three

12 Feb

SNIFFER-DOGS, air support units and Garda units carried out extensive searches just outside Cork city following the ambush-style murder of a 42-year-old father of three near Blarney on Thursday afternoon.

Patrick (Pakie) Hogan, from the Rathpeacon area but who lived in Carrigaline, was shot dead at about 3.50pm on the Glen Road in the townland of Ballymartin near Grenagh.

Three men were still in detention in Cork city last night in relation to the killing.

Gardaí are believed to be investigating if it is linked to feuding between criminal factions from Cork.

Mr Hogan, who runs a scrap metal and used car business, was travelling in a red Volkswagen Transporter van with a companion towards their work place when another vehicle with two men in it — a silver Volkswagen Golf — blocked their way. Mr Hogan and his companion were attempting to flee on foot when Mr Hogan was shot a number of times by a masked gunman while crossing the ditch into a field.

The Volkswagen van was then driven to the new cemetery at Garrycloyne and abandoned there, about 3.5km from the shooting.

Intensive searches were ongoing at the cemetery yesterday, first with explosives sniffer dogs and later with Garda search teams in a bid to find the murder weapon.

Searches were also being carried out at the field where the man’s body was found and the nearby roadway and both vehicles underwent forensic examinations.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses in the Glen road area and for anyone who might have been in and around the vicinity of the graveyard between 3.30pm and 4.15pm on Thursday — prior and subsequent to the incident — to come forward.

Leading the investigation, Superintendent Con Cadogan said a number of people had already contacted gardaí, but he stressed there are other people out there with information who need to come forward.

“We aware that there are people out there who may know the underlying reasons about what happened.

“I am appealing for those people to make contact with us at Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021-4946200. Their information will be treated with the strictest of confidence. People should have no fear in contacting us.”

Mr Hogan’s body was removed from the scene just before lunch yesterday from the field in Ballymartin, about six miles from Cork city, and was taken to Cork University Hospital where the deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis carried out a postmortem.

The three men in detention were arrested at about 5.30pm on Thursday and can be held up to seven days, pending the outcome of the investigation.

They are being held under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Timeline of murder

 

Thursday 3.40-3.50pm:

Patrick Hogan and his travelling companion are ambushed on the Glen Road, Ballymartin, near Grenagh, six miles outside Cork city. The men attempt to run, jumping into a nearby field but Mr Hogan is shot dead.

His companion escapes on foot and returns to the scene later to find the body.

Thursday 4.00-4.15pm: One of two men who carried out the attack drives a Volkswagen Golf to Garrycloyne cemetery and abandons it. The other drives Mr Hogan’s red Volkswagen transporter van which later found at Gurth, about four miles from the crime scene.

Thursday 5.30pm: Three men are arrested in connection with the murder and are being held, two at Gurranabraher Garda Station and one at Mayfield.

Friday 11.30am: The body of Mr Hogan is removed from the field at Ballymartin and brought to Cork University Hospital.

Friday 11.30am: Sniffer dogs search Garrycloyne cemetery for the murder weapon, followed by Garda search units. Friday 11.30am: Gardaí search the lands adjacent to the Glen Road for any evidence relating to the murder.

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