Gardaí tight-lipped on ongoing probe into Cahillane murder
THE investigation into the 2012 murder of James Cahillane at his Beaufort home remains ongoing, according to Chief Superintendent of Kerry Tom Myers.
Speaking at Friday’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee, the Chief Supt also indicated he was not in a position to reveal details that may have been gleaned in the investigation however.
Mr Cahillane’s remains were found at his burnt out home in Beaufort on April 19 of 2012. His death was first thought to have been a tragic accident but further investigations revealed he had been murdered.
While several arrests have been made as part of the ongoing murder enquiry no-one has ever been charged with Mr Cahillane’s murder.
His family and gardaí launched a fresh appeal for information on the fifth anniversary of the brutal killing last April, which comprised a special Crimecall episode. The Chief Supt referred to the fresh appeal when he replied to a request for an update in the case made by Cllr Michael Cahill.
“Our incident room is still going on... there was a national appeal involving Crimecall carried out, earlier this year and the investigation here is continuing, but I don’t think I can say anymore on that,” the Chief Supt said.
Gardaí revealed last April that it was likely a hammer that was found at the scene that was used to bludgeon Mr Cahillane to death as the injuries as revealed by the post mortem 30 hours after his death were consistent with the hammer head.
One of the main lines of inquiry gardaí are still believed to be pursuing is that Mr Cahillane died when he confronted a burglar on his return to the home in which he lived alone. Renewing the appeal last April, his daughter Lisa said :“We can’t believe five years have gone by and we still don’t have any answers...He was a good man, a good father, quiet, gentle, never confrontational.”
“It’s been incredibly hard. We still don’t have any answers for this crime,” Ms Cahillane told media.
Superintendent Flor Murphy with the late James Cahillane’s daughter Lisa during the renewed appeal for information on his murder in April.