July 31, 2021
Crime News

Killer Hennessy started to harm himself with knife before Garda shot him dead, inquest told

A witness to the shooting of Mark Hennessy has told the inquest into his death how the killer began to harm himself with a stanley knife when he was surrounded by Garda cars.

James Magee then described how a Garda drew his weapon and shot Hennessy through the window as he leaned down into the footwell of his car.

Hennessy was shot dead at the Cherrywood Industrial Estate near Shankill in Dublin after the 40-year-old had abducted and killed Jastine Valdez, a 24-year-old Filipina student from Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Gardaí had believed she might be in the car with Hennessy when they found him in his Nissan Qashqai.

Mr Magee, a Civil Defence volunteer, told at Dublin Coroner’s Court how he heard a Garda say “urgent, assistance required, shot fired by garda” and saw a Garda smash the driver’s window of Hennessy’s car.

He added how he saw the Garda who had fired get his medical bag, take the bullets out of his gun and place the bullets and gun on the ground.

Previously, Detective Superintendent Frank Keenaghan told how he led the search for Jastine Valdez after reports of her abduction on 19 May 2018.

The inquest also heard from Christina Connelly, who saw the Nissan Qashqai and rang 999 to report the sighting and followed the car.

She followed the car to the Cherrywood Industrial Estate and very soon afterward a marked Civil Defence vehicle and two unmarked garda cars arrived.

The jury at the inquest were also  told that the names of Gardaí directly involved in his death will not be published for operational reasons.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission previously concluded that the Garda who shot Hennessy will not face prosecution or disciplinary action as no wrong doing was found.

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