Former Detective Supt Colm Fox, in Garda circles across the country, was known as a decent, hardworking Det Supt. He was the Officer responsible for the Bloodied Feud between the Kinahans and Hutch family in the inner City. Sadly the Regency trial collapsed with many questions unanswered because of the tragic death of Colm Fox at Ballymun Garda station by his own official handgun. We now know that he left notes, before he died and one is particularly prevalent; it is alleged that Colm Fox said “my workload is enormous and the pressure is awesome”. Ballymun is in the media again today when a whistleblower who claims that “Rogue Gardai” clock in for Duty and then go away for hours without being monitored or even questioned by Superiors. If this is factual, we have a Garda Force so far out of control that they make the Taliban look like a bunch of choir boys. Like the death of Garda Golden, could the suicide of Colm Fox have been avoided? I believe the answer to be yes but seeing that there is a High Court case pending by his family, who are suing the State, the Commissioner, the Minister for Justice and the Attorney General, I cannot say much for legal reasons. What I can say: there was the Sligo female Garda Jimell Henry, Garda who spent 15 years in Ballymun and literally used the Pulse System to run with her Sligo boyfriend his Drug Empire covering Sligo and beyond by using the Pulse for months and again, she too was not monitored. Who can estimate the damage done by this former Bean Garda? Det Supt. Fox must have felt deeply betrayed by this convicted Garda Rogue. Now we know that the Monk’s nephew walked out of Court when the case collapsed in relation to the Regency hotel and now we can ask serious questions as to how many Rogue Cops were working around the late Colm Fox and probably putting undue pressure on a decent innocent hard-working Garda. These Rogue Cops are not in a minority and there are many in various Stations across every town and city in Ireland. They need to be rooted out and brought before the courts. Of late, I know a couple who have been targeted by Rogue elements in a South Dublin station and this will stop shortly when a written file will be on the desk at Garda HQ. The implications of a suicide in the workplace means that An Garda Siochana would have needed to put in place psychological supports for the colleagues of Colm Fox including all staff.

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Widow of Colm Fox sues State following detective’s death during Regency trial

Edel Fox lodged case against the Garda Síochána and the State last week

Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 20:22 UP DATED BY FRED BASSETT NOVEMBER 2021The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opened an investigation into the death of Det Supt Colm Fox shortly after his death in 2018.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opened an investigation into the death of Det Supt Colm Fox shortly after his death in 2018. File photograph: Dave Meehan 

The widow of Colm Fox, the garda who led the investigation into the Regency Hotel attack, is suing the State over the circumstances relating to her late husband’s death, according to court documents.

Det Supt Fox took his own life with a Garda firearm in 2018 during the trial of Patrick Hutch who was accused of the murder of David Byrne at the hotel in 2016. The attack, during which heavily armed men dressed as gardaí stormed a boxing event, marked a major escalation in the gang feud between the Kinahan and Hutch organised crime groups.

The trial of Mr Hutch collapsed shortly after Det Supt Fox’s death. The prosecution told the court “it was not in a position to lead evidence on a number of evidential topics” due to the garda’s death.

Newspaper photographs

The trial at the Special Criminal Court had previously been in lengthy legal argument over issues related to the evidence against the accused, specifically the manner in which Mr Hutch was identified as a suspect in the case from newspaper photographs.

All charges against Mr Hutch were later dropped.

Last Monday, Det Supt Fox’s widow, Edel Fox, lodged a legal action with the High Court against the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General and the State. She is being represented by Fahy Bambury Solicitors.

The exact details of the claim are not known but it is understood it relates to the circumstances immediately prior to Det Supt Fox’s death.

Workload

The respected garda was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in Dublin on February 10th beside his official handgun. He had left a number of notes to colleagues and it is understood he had expressed concern about his workload and the progress of the Regency case in the period before his death.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opened an investigation into the death of Det Supt Fox shortly after his death and appealed for other agencies to co-operate with its inquiries.

Then minister for justice Charlie Flanagan also asked Mr Harris to initiate a review of the collapse of the Patrick Hutch trial to “ascertain what lessons could be learned”.

The deceased garda had been detective superintendent for the Dublin North Region and was heavily involved in combating the fallout from the Hutch-Kinahan feud which has claimed 18 lives to date. He was also a sports coach and a scout leader.

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