Cops probe if ‘killer’ carried out revenge murder because he was victim of evil paedo in caravan 20 years ago
- Published: 8:00, 3 Dec 2022
GARDAI are trying to establish if suspected killer Kieran Hamill was sexually abused as a teenager by Christopher Mooney.
The Irish Sun can reveal that investigators are looking into the possibility that Hamill was abused by Mooney 20 years ago at a caravan in Co Monaghan.
And one local in south Armagh told yesterday how Hamill, 37, had previously told two of his pals that he had been molested by the convicted sex offender, 60.
It’s the main line of inquiry as Gardai continue to try and establish a motive for Mooney’s violent death in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Although Mooney previously served a five-year prison sentence for gross indecency, gardai fear there could be other victims out there.
As part of their efforts to establish if Hamill was a victim of Mooney, Gardai will also interview his family and friends.
One local told us: “All the talk at the moment is that Mooney had access to a caravan which he may have used to abuse kids. This is going back 20 years when Hamill would have been a teenager.
“Mooney used to give kids drinks and there’s a concern he would do this simply to abuse him. There’s also talk that Hamill told at least two people that he had been previously attacked by Mooney.
“Hamill was very violent when he was growing up and had a short temper and this all might come from being abused.
A source said: “It’s certainly a line of inquiry that Hamill may have been a victim of Mooney. He was subjected to a very violent death and the investigation will try and establish a motive.”
The alarm was raised at 6.30am after a brother of Mooney called at the property.
Once there, the relative was pushed by a man who ran from the house, yelling: “He got what he deserved.”
The relative found Mooney lying on the sofa covered in blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene and had been stabbed multiple times. His home had been ransacked.
The suspected killer took a nap after the killing. About half an hour later, Hamill was killed after he was struck by a car at Ballynacarry bridge on the N53.
Gardai don’t believe he deliberately stood in front of the vehicle. We also understand gardai are probing if Hamill had mental health issues in the past.
The post mortems on the two bodies were held yesterday. Last night gardai said: “(Mooney’s) post mortem has been completed, the results of which will not be disclosed for operational reasons but An Garda Siochana can confirm Christopher Mooney suffered a violent death.
Hamill’s death notice said his passing was “deeply regretted” by his family, including his “heartbroken father, daughters, brother (and) sisters”. Funeral details will be published later.