This Drogheda Feud, is Ruthless and Bloody, it has to be Stopped? The people of Drogheda Deserve better, and to live in Safety?

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Brutal attack Shocking pictures show horrific injuries of Drogheda feud victim Aaron Rochford

The 22-year-old was discovered in a state of shock, naked in a bathtub and covered in blood having sustained a broken jaw and slash wounds to his upper torso and head.

Aaron Rochford was beaten and tortured

Aaron Rochford was beaten and tortured


May 16 2021 02:30 AM

These pictures show the full horror of the kidnap and torture ordeal suffered by victim Aaron Rochford at the height of the Drogheda feud.

The images show the pitiful condition officers found Aaron in after armed gardai broke down the front door of a house in the Moneymore Estate in Drogheda on November 11, 2018.

The 22-year-old was discovered in a state of shock, naked in a bathtub and covered in blood having sustained a broken jaw and slash wounds to his upper torso and head.

Tragically, Aaron has since passed away in circumstances unrelated to his abduction.

On Monday, John McGahon (21), who was arrested after the Armed Support Unit forced entry to rescue Aaron, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Aaron Rochford receives medical treatment after
                    being beaten and tortured

Aaron Rochford receives medical treatment after being beaten and tortured  

Judge Martin Nolan was told it was McGahon who drove the car that brought Aaron to the estate and that he was caught on CCTV helping to remove the victim from the car and later to “bundle” him over a rear wall and into an adjacent house from where he was subsequently rescued.

In court, McGahon was described as “more a follower than a leader” and was not one of the ringleaders.

The court heard there was no evidence he was involved in the assault on Aaron in the house.

John McGahon was sentenced on Monday

John McGahon was sentenced on Monday

McGahon is considered a very close associate of the young criminal leading the so-called ‘anti-Maguire’ faction in the Drogheda feud.

The mob was involved in a deadly dispute in the Louth town for more than two years, leading to four murders and dozens of shootings and fire bombings.

A source said: “McGahon was considered the right-hand man and trusted lieutenant of [the leader of the anti-Maguire gang].

“He was very closely linked to him and this incident showed that he was prepared to get involved in serious crimes on behalf of the gang.

“They have had a fall from grace thanks to successful Garda operations and in recent months McGahon was left relatively isolated prior to pleading guilty and going into custody.”

A co-accused of McGahon’s, Dean Thornton, aged 23, of Beechwood Drive, Marley’s Lane, Drogheda, is already serving a three-year sentence for his role in the horrific incident.

Dean Thornton is in prison.

Dean Thornton is in prison.

Thornton had been caught on CCTV punching Aaron after McGahon dragged the youth from the car.

Two other brothers are charged with false imprisonment.

Siblings Josh (22) and Keith (26) Boylan, from Moneymore, Drogheda, haven’t been seen for almost a year after leaving Ireland.

Warrants have been issued for the pair’s arrests.

McGahon, of Hawthorn House, Lawrence’s Park, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of Aaron Rochford at the Moneymore Estate, Drogheda on November 11, 2018.

Gardai were policing the estate on the night in question as there was a “fraught atmosphere” due to an ongoing feud.

After a call to gardai outlined serious concerns for the safety of a man taken from the street, the Armed Support Unit breached the front door of a house in the estate.

Aaron’s grandmother Mary Rochford previously described her grandson as a “lovable rogue” and described going to see him in the hospital, where he was kept for a week with “horrific injuries”.

Wounds on the victim’s legs.

Wounds on the victim’s legs.

She felt her “heart stopped beating” because she was so upset at how he looked with bruises, cuts and blood everywhere.

Judge Martin Nolan said that on this date there had been “some feud” in existence in Drogheda and McGahon had brought the injured party back to the house in his car, before bundling him over a back wall into a second house from where he was later rescued.

He said the incident had lasted about 45 minutes and must have been a terribly traumatic experience for the victim.

Aaron Rochford before the attack

Aaron Rochford before the attack

Judge Nolan took into account McGahon’s guilty plea and remorse, as well as the fact he was 18 years old at the time and had no previous convictions.

He noted McGahon was “more a follower than a leader” but said he still deserved a reasonably substantial sentence by reason of his involvement.

Judge Nolan imposed a four and a half year sentence, giving credit for time spent in custody.

In June of last year warrants were issued for the arrests of Josh and Keith Boylan in connection with the false imprisonment of the since deceased Aaron.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the pair had “effectively gone into hiding” because of a threat to their lives.

Garnet Orange SC, prosecuting, told Judge Martin Nolan that the two defendants had “gone off the radar” and it was believed they “are the subject of a threat”.

“There are contextual factors to suggest it is a threat that can be taken seriously.” Mr Orange said. He made an application for bench warrants to be issued for the arrest of both men.

He said it was believed that the men were outside the jurisdiction and that bench warrants were required in order to commence with extradition proceedings.

Lily Buckley BL, defending Josh Boylan, said it was accepted in evidence that there was a genuine threat to the life of her client.

She said her client had instructed that he would attend for his trial and that the only reason he was not present in court was because his life is at risk.

Ms Buckley asked the court to stay its hand and not impose bench warrants.

Counsel for Keith Boylan said her client had “effectively gone into hiding” because of the threat to his life.

Judge Nolan said that on the basis of what he had heard it seemed to him that bench warrants should be issued.

The court has heard that the Boylans were facing serious charges, including false imprisonment, in relation to the incident in Moneymore, Drogheda, on November 11, 2018.

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