Dublin: Garda Investigation Into Double Murder Stalled By Lack Of Evidence

22 Jun

Gardaí say the investigation into the death of Anthony Campbell four and a half years ago cannot progress without new evidence.

 
 Finglas - Double murder in December 2006

Finglas – Double murder in December 2006
 
 Anthony Campbell - Was supposed to have worked in house the day before

Anthony Campbell – Was supposed to have worked in house the day before
 
 Anthony Campbell - Murdered in December 2006

Anthony Campbell – Murdered in December 2006
 
An inquest into the death of Anthony Campbell has heard that the case cannot progress any further unless new evidence emerges.

The inquest into the apprentice plumber‘s death in 2006, which started today in Dublin, heard that Mr Campbell was murdered to eliminate the risk of him identifying the killers of Martin Hyland.

Mr Hyland was the intended target of the gunmen and he had previously been warned by gardaí that his life was in danger.

The coroner described Mr Campbell as a hardworking, innocent young lad who was callously and very brutally murdered.

The 20-year-old plumber was supposed to be working in the house in Finglas the night before, however this was changed.

The inquest also heard how Mr Hyland had become paranoid after he became aware of threats on his life.

He stopped answering his door, kept a samurai sword by his bed and stopped eating properly, according to his brother Willie.

‘I think he knew it was coming’ he said. ‘He told me he wouldn’t be around forever and to get my act together and look after our Mam.’

Mr Hyland was shot six times by the gunmen as he lay in bed upstairs.

Mr Campbell was shot as he worked on a radiator downstairs.

The inquest was told the main suspects for the double murder are currently serving long prison sentences for drug and gun crimes.

NEWS UPDATE:

INNOCENT plumber Anthony Campbell, who was gunned down while at work in a north Dublin house, had both arms risen in a defensive posture when he was murdered, the findings of a postmortem suggest.

Mr Campbell, aged 20, from St Michan’s House, Smithfield, was working on radiators at the home of crime boss Martin “Marlo” Hyland at Scribblestown Park, Finglas. Gunmen entered the house and shot him as well as Hyland, who was in bed upstairs.

Hyland, who had been staying with his niece and her partner for three months, was concerned about threats to his life at the time, was refusing to answer the door and had a Samurai sword with him wherever he was in the house, an inquest into the double murders at Dublin County Coroner’s Court heard yesterday.

Detective Inspector Kieran McEneaney said Mr Campbell was killed to eliminate any risk of Hyland’s killers being later identified.

“Sinister criminal elements of a serious criminal persuasion were involved in the deliberate and violent murder of Martin Hyland and in the ruthless taking of the young life of Anthony Campbell.”

Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty said Mr Campbell was a “hard-working and innocent young man who was callously and brutally murdered”.

The coroner described Hyland’s killing as “very brutal.”

A jury at the inquest returned two separate verdicts of death by unlawful killing.

The plumber’s grief stricken mother, Christine Campbell, said after the inquest that they were “absolutely devastated”.

“I can’t even put it into words,” she said outside the court.

The inquest heard the double shooting occurred at 9.20am on December 12, 2006.

Mr Campbell died from a single gunshot injury to the head at “fairly close range”, a postmortem by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy found.

Hyland was shot six times in the head and body, the inquest heard.

A Garda investigation was launched and 14 people were arrested. The investigation has reached the point where it cannot be progressed any further in the absence of further information, Det Insp McEneaney said.

NEWS UPDATE:

Plumber Anthony Campbell, who was gunned down while at work in a north Dublin house, had both of his arms raised in a defensive posture when he was murdered, according to the findings of a post mortem.

The apprentice plumber (20) was working on radiators at 8 Scribblestown Park, Finglas when gunmen entered the home, where a niece of criminal Martin “Marlo” Hyland’s lived, on the morning of December 12th, 2006.

The gunmen shot both Mr Campbell and Hyland, who was in bed in an upstairs room.

Hyland, who had been staying with his niece and her partner for three months, was concerned about threats on his life at the time, was refusing to answer the door to anyone.

He had a Samurai sword with him wherever he was in the house, an inquest at Dublin County Coroner’s Court heard.

Detective Inspector Kieran McEneaney told an inquest into the double murders that
Mr Campbell was killed to eliminate any risk of Hyland’s killers being identified at a later date.

“Sinister criminal elements of a serious criminal persuasion were involved in the deliberate and violent murder of Martin Hyland and in the ruthless taking of the young life of Anthony Campbell,” he said.

Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty said Mr Campbell was a “hard-working and innocent young man who was callously and brutally murdered.”

He described Hyland’s killing as “very brutal.”

A jury at the inquest returned two separate verdicts of death by unlawful killing.

The plumber’s mother, Christine Campbell, said after the inquest that the family was “absolutely devastated.”

“I can’t even put it into words,” she said outside the court.

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