Family ‘not happy’ with case closure

THE father of a young Dublin mother killed by a gunshot while attending a birthday party in March 2006 has expressed regret that nobody will face a criminal prosecution for his daughter’s murder.

An inquest into the death of Donna Cleary, a 22-year-old mother-of-one, heard yesterday that the DPP had directed that the file on the case be closed.

It is understood the decision was made after the main suspect for the murder, Dwayne Foster, aged 24, died 48 hours after the attack while in garda custody.

Inspector Walter O’Sullivan from Coolock Garda Station told Dublin City Coroner’s Court yesterday that a garda file on the case had been sent to the DPP.

However, he added that the DPP had subsequently issued a direction that there was no basis for any criminal prosecution to be taken.

Ms Cleary of Castlekevin Road, Coolock died after shots were fired through the window of a house at Adare Green, Coolock in the early hours of March 5 last year.

The young mother, who had been attending a 40th birthday party in the house, was fatally injured when a gunman opened fire on the guests.

It is believe the attacker was a member of a group of young men who were earlier refused admission to the party.

However, Donna’s father, Peter Cleary told the Dublin City Coroner, Dr Brian Farrell, that he was “not happy” with the DPP’s decision.

Accompanied by his wife, Kathleen, Mr Cleary asked if the DPP’s decision could be appealed. “I just wonder how the DPP can give that verdict,” he remarked.

Dr Farrell said he would seek to look at the garda file on the case. Ms Cleary’s suspected killer, Dwayne Foster, who suffered from throat cancer, died as a result of natural causes.

Dr Farrell adjourned the hearing of the full inquest into Ms Cleary’s death until September 6.

Outside the hearing, Mr Cleary continued to complain about the decision to close the file on the case. “We need some answers. We’ve been waiting a long time,” he told journalists.

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