Man shot in face on way to crèche

A man was shot in the face as he left his apartment to collect his kids from crèche, an inquest has heard.

Anthony “Anto” Foster, 34, died instantly when his killer fired a single shot into his face on the top floor landing at Cromcastle Court in Kilmore, Dublin, on July 18, 2008. He was clutching a baby’s bottle in his right hand when he was found.

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard the investigation into his murder has reached an impasse, with no suspect identified.

Mr Foster was leaving the flat at 1.45pm to meet his partner Joanne Ryan to collect their two sons from creche. This was their daily routine, Inspector David Gallagher told the court.

There were no witnesses to the shooting. Neighbour, Ann Rock, whose statement was read into the record, told gardaí she heard a bang and when she looked out her window, she saw a person wearing a hooded top leaving from the ground floor entrance of the apartment block. Insp Gallagher said gardaí “strongly suspect” this was the gunman.

Ms Ryan arrived shortly after the shooting happened. She was running up the stairs when she heard another neighbour shouting from the landing that she shouldn’t come up. She was not present in court but in her statement to gardaí, read into the record, she said she did not see anyone as she drove into the complex. “I don’t know why anyone would do this to Anto.”

When paramedics attended the scene there were no signs of life.

The autopsy was carried out by Professor Marie Cassidy, the state pathologist, who found that death was due to a single shotgun injury to the face with extensive damage to the skull and brain. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said her report states the injuries were of sufficient magnitude to cause immediate collapse and death. Mr Foster had his head down as if he was going downstairs when it happened and he was shot from a distance of several feet.

Insp Gallagher said that nobody has been charged with the murder.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by a person unknown.


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