Daugh­ter talks of fam­ily pain at Keat­ing sen­tenc­ing

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON O’RIORDAN

THE daugh­ter of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kir­wan who was mur­dered in the drive­way of his Dublin home has told the Spe­cial Crim­i­nal Court that the ‘only thing’ her dad was guilty of was ‘show­ing his re­spect’ at a child­hood friend’s fu­neral.

Ja­son Keat­ing (27), of Lower Main Street, Rush, Co Dublin ad­mit­ted last month to par­tic­i­pat­ing in or con­tribut­ing to ac­tiv­ity in­tend­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the com­mis­sion by a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion or any of its mem­bers of a se­ri­ous of­fence, namely the mur­der of Mr Kir­wan at St Ro­nan’s Drive, Clon­dalkin, Dublin 22 be­tween De­cem­ber 20 and 22 2016, both dates in­clu­sive.

The of­fence is con­trary to or­gan­ised crime leg­is­la­tion brought in by Sec­tion 72 of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act 2006.

Keat­ing was orig­i­nally tried for the mur­der of Mr Kir­wan but mid­way through his trial on Oc­to­ber 18 he pleaded guilty to fa­cil­i­tat­ing a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion in com­mit­ting mur­der and this plea was ac­cepted by the DPP.

In her vic­tim im­pact state­ment, Donna Kir­wan said: ‘Peo­ple like this should re­mem­ber it’s not the peo­ple who are killed that suf­fer it’s the fam­i­lies who are left be­hind.’

Donna Kir­wan de­scribed her dad as a ‘grafter’ and said that while some of his friends chose to make money the easy way by sell­ing drugs, her fa­ther chose to work for a liv­ing be­cause that was how he was raised.

The three-judge court also heard that Mr Kir­wan’s son and daugh­ter talked about end­ing their lives in the af­ter­math of their fa­ther’s death be­cause nei­ther of them could see an­other way out of the pain and suf­fer­ing.

The tes­ti­mony was heard as part of a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read by a wo­man from vic­tim sup­port on be­half of Donna Kir­wan to the court dur­ing Ja­son Keat­ing’s sen­tence hear­ing to­day.

The non-jury court also heard that the de­fen­dant Ja­son Keat­ing was present at the scene of the mur­der in Clon­dalkin and had fa­cil­i­tated the man who dis­charged the firearm. A ‘Gotek7’ track­ing de­vice was put un­der Mr Kir­wan’s car in the weeks lead­ing up to his killing and this could be linked to Keat­ing.

Mr Kir­wan was sit­ting in his new Ford Mon­deo car on De­cem­ber 22, 2016 when a gun­man shot him six times with a Makarov hand­gun which was later re­cov­ered at the scene.

The 62-year-old suf­fered eight gun­shot wounds in to­tal to his head, right arm, ch­est and ab­domen.

The mur­der of Mr Kir­wan arose from a ‘no­to­ri­ous feud’ be­tween two crim­i­nal fac­tions but the de­ceased had no con­nec­tion with ei­ther side.

Paul Greene SC, pros­e­cut­ing, asked the court to en­ter a ‘nolle pros­e­qui’ on the orig­i­nal charge of mur­der.

This means the State will not be pro­ceed- ing with the pros­e­cu­tion in re­la­tion to the count of mur­der.

The de­ceased’s part­ner, Ber­nadette Roe, was in the pas­sen­ger seat of Mr Kir­wan’s car at the time of the at­tack. They had just re­turned from a Christ­mas lunch in a restau­rant in Crum­lin with Ms Roe’s daugh­ter.

Donna Kir­wan, Mr Kir­wan’s daugh­ter, said in her vic­tim im­pact state­ment to­day that De­cem­ber 22 started off as a nor­mal day for the fam­ily but it turned into their ‘worst night­mare’.

Ms Kir­wan said she was ex­pect­ing a call from her fa­ther that day but in­stead she re­ceived a call from Ber­nadette’s daugh­ter, Carolyn, who sounded in a state of panic and told her she had to come straight out to Clon­dalkin as Noel had been shot.

‘I just re­mem­ber scream­ing for some­body to help and a man who works on my floor came run­ning to­wards me, he grabbed his keys and we ran to his car. I felt like we were in traf­fic for hours be­cause ev­ery­one was out do­ing their Christ­mas shop­ping. I rang Carolyn on the way and said they were work­ing on him in the am­bu­lance,”’she said.

Ms Kir­wan said she jumped from the car when they ar­rived at the scene and be­gan scream­ing ask­ing peo­ple to tell her dad that she was there.

‘I asked them where my dad was and Carolyn said ‘I’m so sorry Donna he didn’t make it’. I couldn’t take in what she was say­ing to me. I begged the po­lice men to let me see him but they said they were sorry that they couldn’t,’ she said.

Ja­son Keat­ing.

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