Three men killed in horror fireball road crash could only be identified by DNA samples
- 19:40, 5 Aug 2022
- Updated: 19:45, 5 Aug 2022
THREE men killed in a head-on motorway smash with a truck while being chased by gardai could only be identified by DNA, an inquest heard.
The car burst into flames after the high-speed collision between Citywest and Baldonnell in July last year.
At a later funeral service a screwdriver and torch – tools associated with burglars – were placed on the altar.
Yesterday Dublin District Coroner’s Court heard from former Forensic Science Ireland expert John Hoade who said he had matched DNA samples taken from one of the parents of each of the deceased.
Louise Woods of the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission told the inquest that significant progress had been made in the probe into the deaths.
But, after making a request, she was was granted a six-month adjournment of the case in relation to Mr Freeman’s death.
Ms Woods said the GSOC had only received a report on the fatal crash from Garda forensic collision investigators last month.
She said CCTV footage and images from taxi dash cams that had been gathered were “significant.”
Questioned repeatedly by solicitor Michael Finucane about the length of the investigation, Ms Woods stressed GSOC had limited resources and the investigation had generated “a large file.”
“We cannot progress it any faster,” she added.
Mr Finucane said the need for a further lengthy adjournment was “excessive”.
The men’s deaths sparks controversy last summer over the conduct of mourners at the requiem mass and burial of Mr Maguire.
The funeral at St Mary’s Priory church in Tallaght hit the headlines when a screwdriver and torch were brought to the altar as offertory gifts.
‘MOST DISTURBING FUNERAL’
One woman who delivered a eulogy said Mr Maguire would not be forgotten before adding: “Sorry for the language, Father – rest in peace, you f***ing legend.”
A poster brought to the church read: “RIP Dean – You know the score, get on the floor, don’t be funny, give me the money.”
Fr Donal Roche, who oversaw the requiem ceremony and threatened to halt proceedings at one stage if greater respect was not shown in church, subsequently described it as the “most disturbing” funeral he had ever attended.
A funeral cortege featured motorcyclists doing wheelies and burnouts in a high-speed convoy, while Mr Maguire’s associates also carried out dangerous manoeuvres on public roads around Crumlin and other parts of the city in the days following his death.
All three men, who had a combined total of over 200 convictions, were known to gardaí.
They were believed to be key figures in a burglary gang that was linked to “Fat” Andy Connors – a crime gang leader who was shot dead outside his home in Saggart, Co Dublin in August 2014.