Daugh­ters’ ap­peal for help to catch their mum’s killer

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

GAR­DAÍ have is­sued a fresh ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the mur­der of An­toinette Smith on the an­niver­sary of her dis­ap­pear­ance 32 years ago.

At a brief­ing held last Fri­day morn­ing in Bray Garda sta­tion, An­toinette’s daugh­ters Rachel and Lisa said that they be­lieve she was at­tacked by some­one known to her.

Ms Smith (27) was at a David Bowie con­cert in Slane be­fore she dis­ap­peared in the early hours of July 12, 1987. She at­tended La Mi­rage night­club on Par­nell Street af­ter the con­cert and never re­turned home to Clon­dalkin. She was wear­ing a David Bowie T-shirt, dark blue denim jeans, a denim jacket and navy blue high heels and was last seen on O’Con­nell Street in the city.

Her body was found on Glen­doo Moun­tain, near the Le­mass mon­u­ment out­side En­niskerry, nine months later on April 3, 1988.

‘There is some­one out there re­spon­si­ble for this hor­rific and hor­ri­ble crime,’ said Rachel Smith, at Bray Garda Sta­tion. Rachel was four at the time of her mother’s dis­ap­pear­ance, while her sis­ter Lisa was seven.

‘Re­la­tion­ships break down, some­one has to know some­thing. Some­one is hold­ing on to in­for­ma­tion and we want them to come for­ward so we can put this be­hind us and let her rest in peace. We are get­ting older and our dad is get­ting older and he wants jus­tice. Any­one hold­ing in­for­ma­tion is just as guilty as the per­son re­spon­si­ble. We need some­thing, even small, to bring the links to­gether.

‘I think that the per­son is known to her. There’s no way in her right mind that she would go up the Wick­low Moun­tains at that time,’ said Rachel.

‘We don’t know who it is, it could be a fam­ily mem­ber, it could be a close friend,’ she said. ‘Things could have es­ca­lated on a night out and this per­son has left two young kids to grow up with­out a mother.’

Lisa be­lieves the cul­prit left her mother’s body in an iso­lated area with the in­ten­tion she would never be found.

‘We do know that it was prob­a­bly a well-planned at­tack, given the ba­sis of the case,’ said Rachel. ‘You wouldn’t leave a dog where she was found,’ she said.

Lisa said that her mother had missed all the mile­stones of her daugh­ters grow­ing up. ‘Go­ing to school, con­fir­ma­tion, join­ing a drama club or foot­ball club or win­ning a trophy, all the things you want your mam for,’ she said. ‘I was very aware when I saw my friends with their par­ents, my mam wasn’t there. It was hard.

‘My mam was the typ­i­cal fun-lov­ing young mum. She was into fash­ion and mu­sic and we’ve both got that from her, we’re both into mu­sic.

‘We live through the sto­ries oth­ers have of her. Friends tell us that we are just like her and that’s great for us as we don’t have that many memories.

‘The “what ifs” are the hard­est. It was very trau­matic grow­ing up with­out her.’

De­tec­tive Inspector Sorcha Fitzpatric­k ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing An­toinette’s dis­ap­pear­ance and death.

‘Cir­cum­stances change over the years,’ she said. ‘Some­one who may have been pre­vented at the time from com­ing to us with in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to An­toinette’s mur­der, we are ap­peal­ing to them to come for­ward and contact the in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams,’ she said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to contact Bray garda sta­tion on 01 666 5300, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1800 666 111 or any sta­tion.


An­toinette Smith’s daugh­ters, Rachel and Lisa, ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion about their mother’s mur­der at Bray Garda Sta­tion last Fri­day.

The late An­toinette Smith.

De­tec­tive Inspector Sorcha Fitzpatric­k.

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