Gar­daí tight-lipped on on­go­ing probe into Cahillane mur­der

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

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.

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