Limerick family ‘heartbroken and devastated’ by murder

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The scene of Daniel Treacy's murder in 2010
THE family of a bread man who was murdered at a petrol station on the northside of the city say his children have been left “heartbroken and devastated”.

THE family of a bread man who was murdered at a petrol station on the northside of the city say his children have been left “heartbroken and devastated”.

Father-of-two, Daniel Treacy (35) died after he was shot four times in the head and groin while delivering bread to the Topaz petrol station on the Ennis Road, early on the morning of February 22, 2010.

Yesterday, following a two week trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, John Coughlan, aged 33, of Pineview Gardens, Moyross was found guilty of murdering Mr Treacy.

It was the prosecution case that the electrician had shot Mr Treacy in revenge for the killing of his brother, Darren, who died in November 2005 after he was attacked at Old Cratloe Road by a group of young men including a brother of deceased man.

Lawyers representing Coughlan, claimed he was ill at the time and had diminished responsibility.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Ian Bownes told the court the accused man was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the Central Mental Hospital a number of months after the killing

Dr Bownes said it was probable that Coughlan was suffering from the recognised mental illness at the time he shot Mr Treacy.

The court heard Mr Coughlan told him his mind had “snapped” and that he “just went into the shop and shot him”.

Following their deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict shortly after midday yesterday.

Delivering a victim impact statement, Daniel Treacy’s sister, Aishling, described her brother as “one in a million”. She thanked the jury and the gardai for giving her family justice.

“Daniel loved life, he lived for his beautiful children Danielle and Kieran, his partner Amanda, his family and his occupation as a baker and deliveryman,” she said.

Aishling told the court the murder of Daniel had left members of his family with anguish and loss, which she said could net be adequately described.

“We now live a life of unending sorrow, grief, heartache and sadness. Knowing that Daniel is no longer with us,” she told the court.

Aishling said that the lives of Daniel’s children would never be the same again as their father would not be around to see them through significant milestones.

“Daniel was not here to see his son Kieran make his first Holy Communion, instead he had to visit his father’s grave.”

Aishling said that Daniel’s partner Amanda now “has to live her life without her best friend and partner who she loved and adored with all her heart.”