Irish Daily Mail

Nkencho family meet Justice Minister

- By Graham McGrath

GEORGE Nkencho’s family repeated demands for a public inquiry into his killing and criticised the pace of the Garda Ombudsman investigat­ion when they met with the Justice Minister yesterday.

Mr Nkencho, 27, was shot dead by an armed garda outside his home in Clonee on December 20, 2020.

A Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) investigat­ion was launched after Mr Nkencho’s death as is customary when a garda discharges a firearm.

At a private meeting with Justice Minister Helen McEntee at the Nkencho family home in Dublin 15, yesterday the family told the minister of the unbearable emotional pain they have felt since he died. And they called for a comprehens­ive public inquiry into all aspects of the incident that lead up to his fatal shooting.

The Nkencho family have been highly critical of the Garda Ombudsman investigat­ion to date, including what they feel is the lack of updates being provided.

It is understood they raised this with the minister as well as suggesting a ‘racial policing forum’ be establishe­d to help foster relationsh­ips between the gardaí and the ethnic communitie­s they police.

The Nkenchos are understood to have told the minister that such a forum would have to place a huge emphasis on connection­s between gardaí and black and minority communitie­s.

The family also used the meeting to raise an incident that happened last week, when several gardaí became involved in a confrontat­ion with Mr Nkencho’s mother, Blessing Nkencho, and a 16-year-old black youth.

Mr Nkencho was born in Nigeria before moving to Ireland with his family as a young child. He was suffering from severe mental health issues in the months prior to the shooting. On the day of the shooting, he had been involved in an incident at a Spar shop in nearby Hartstown, during which he assaulted an employee and produced a knife.

His death lead to two weeks of protests.

The Nkencho family have since moved from their home in Clonee to another location in Dublin 15 over safety concerns. In the weeks after the shooting they received racist hate mail in the post.

The Mail contacted the Department of Justice for comment from the minister about the meeting.

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Shot: George Nkencho

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