Father of teenager beaten to death pleads for justice

Alan Hannan whose son Jeffrey who was beaten to death six years ago. Pic: Liam Burke
Alan Hannan whose son Jeffrey who was beaten to death six years ago. Pic: Liam Burke

The father of a teenager beaten to death in an un-provoked attack, has written to Alan Shatter begging him to help get justice for his murdered son.

Alan Hannan from Limerick City, said his son, Jeffrey, 19, was “as innocent as Roy Collins and Shane Geoghegan”, but no one has been charged with the brutal killing nearly six years ago.

Mr Hannan has now written to the justice minister to highlight the case. “If this was gangland-related, it would have been solved,” he said.

Jeffrey was murdered on Nov 22, 2007. Exactly a year later, on Nov 9, 2008, rugby player Shane Geoghegan was murdered by the Dundon-McCarthy gang in a case of mistaken identity. A year later, innocent businessman Roy Collins was gunned down in cold blood by the same gang.

Jeffrey’s father believes gardaí were under pressure to bring charges in the other two murders — meaning his son’s Garda case file was left to gather dust.

“Jeffrey’s death wasn’t a gangland [murder] so, as far as I am concerned, if it was a gangland [killing] it would have been sorted. I haven't got a response off the gardaí in months.

“I feel if the gardaí put the resources [back] in, they would solve it,” Mr Hannan said.

He added: “They actually know who did it and I know who did it, it’s a crazy situation.”

He said he and his wife Geraldine broke down in tears on Jeffrey’s 25th birthday on Oct 10, and that Jeffrey’s daughter Tianna, 7, continually asks about him.

More than 20 people have been arrested and questioned by gardaí regarding Jeffrey’s death but no one has been charged with the killing.

A code of silence among a group of five people believed to have witnessed the savage attack stopped the Garda probe in its tracks. One of the witnesses, a young woman, has since died in tragic circumstances, while the main suspect is serving a life sentence for another murder.

With tears welling up in his eyes, Mr Hannan said: “I didn’t cry at [Jeffrey’s] funeral because I had to be strong for the family. But, later on afterwards, I broke down when I was alone in the house.”

“As long as I’m breathing, I won’t give up on my son,” he said.

Brendan McDonagh, the acting superintendent at Roxboro Rd Garda Station, where the investigation is being led, said: “It’s an active investigation.

“We have a family liaison officer dealing with the family on it. We are still pursuing lines of enquiry.”

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