Limerick father seeks justice for his murdered son

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Jeffrey Hannan was murdered near his home in Southill eight years ago
THE devastated father of murder victim, Jeffrey Hannan, has renewed his appeal for information following the eighth anniversary of his son’s death.

THE devastated father of murder victim, Jeffrey Hannan, has renewed his appeal for information following the eighth anniversary of his son’s death.

Jeffrey Hannan, who was aged 19, died after he was attacked near his home in O’Malley Park Southill during the early hours of November 22, 2007.

He died from severe injuries after he was struck a number of times during a row with a group of young men.

Post mortem results suggested he was struck across the head with a weapon of some sort - possibly an axe.

While a total of 20 people have been arrested and questioned by gardai about the murder, nobody has ever been charged in connection with the killing.

The most recent arrests were made in June of this year when two men – one aged in his 40s and one aged in his late 20s – were questioned about the killing.

The older of the two was being questioned under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act while the second was questioned under the provisions of the Offences Against the State Act. Both were released without charge.

Jeffrey’s father, Alan Hannan, says he believes there are people who have information about what happened to his son.

“The dogs on the street know who did it, there are people who know what happened and I would urge them to come forward,” said Alan who personally contacted the previous Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, seeking an explanation as to why nobody has prosecuted in relation to his death.

Jeffrey was innocent. He never did anything wrong to anyone. Everyone loved him,” he said adding that if those responsible for his son’s death are not brought to justice somebody else could suffer the same fate.

Speaking this week on the anniversary of her father’s murder, nine-year-old Nikita Hannan appealed to those responsible for her death to come forward to him of gardai.

“Step forward and tell gardai what you have done I want justice for my daddy,” she said adding that all she wants is justice.

“There’s other people out there got killed before my daddy, and they got justice, and it’s not fair we have not for eight years,” said Nikita who made er First-Holy Communion in May.

A garda spokesperson says the investigation into Jeffrey Hannan’s death remains open and that any new information which is received will be investigated fully.

Roxboro Road garda station can be contacted at (061) 214340.