Crimestoppers has launched an appeal for information on a murder in Meentulla, Murroe twenty years ago.
John Cusack was found outside his back door at his farm on Monday, September 25, 1995. He had been shot twice - once in the back and once in the head. He was found by a local postman at 2.10pm. He was last seen by his daughter on Saturday, September 23 at 8.30pm when he dropped her at her flat in Limerick.
Mr Cusack was a 56 year-old father of seven, who was separated. He was a farmer involved in cattle, sheep and horse dealing and was known in the farming community throughout County Limerick. An appeal for new information on the murder was made on RTE’s CrimeCall programme on Monday night.
Detective Inspector Eamon O’Neill, Henry Street Garda Station, said: “We are anxious to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of John Cusack. We believe that there are persons out there that have information that would be beneficial to the case. Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity in the run up to or between Saturday, September 23 and Monday, September 25 and thought nothing of it at the time. Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation.”
To help people recall the time of year Det Insp O’Neill said it was the Saturday after the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Tyrone.
“John Cusack was a man that was known far and wide throughout the country – especially among those in the farming community. He dealt in cattle, sheep and horses. Had anyone an appointment to meet him that weekend and thought it unusual that he did not turn up? Does anyone recall having made an effort to contact him that weekend and find it unusual that they could not contact him? Remember this was in an era where the mobile phone was in its infancy,” said Det Insp O’Neill.
Anybody with information can call the freephone Crimestoppers number on 1800 250025. Calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous. Callers do not need to leave their name or address and may receive a reward for information which significantly helps the investigation.