Alan Hannan seeks justice for murdered son Jeffrey on RTÉ's Primetime

The father of a man killed in an unprovoked attack is to make a direct appeal on television tonight to a person who claims to have information about the killing.

Alan Hannan seeks justice for murdered son Jeffrey on RTÉ's Primetime

The story of Alan Hannan’s fight for justice for his son, will feature on a special Prime Time programme.

Mr Hannan, from Limerick, will explain how, even though gardaí know who murdered his son Jeffrey, the killer has not been charged, despite dozens of arrests.

The main suspect is serving a life sentence in prison for another murder. Two witnesses have died from drugs overdoses.

Jeffrey, a 19-year-old father of two, was beaten to death with an axe after he attended a bonfire just yards from his home in Southill on Nov 22, 2007.

He had no involvement in crime and was pursuing a career in the hotel and catering industry.

The Hannans have endured a six-year nightmare since Jeffrey’s murder. Their house in Ballinacurra Weston was targeted after Mr Hannan handed out posters for appealing for information. They have also lived with a wall of silence from the community where Jeffrey was beaten to death.

Mr Hannan said he was recently contacted by an individual who claimed to have information that may help his quest for justice.

“I hope whoever has information about my son’s murder will come forward and give evidence to gardaí,” said Mr Hannan. “I am going to appeal directly to them to help me.

“These people gave Jeffrey a terrible death. They weren’t satisfied with just killing him, they beat him with an axe and they busted up all his organs.

“They need to be handed up to the gardaí. Their families know they are involved and all I know is that I couldn’t live with that.”

Frank Shouldice, Prime Time producer, said: “It’s six years on and Alan is still going. It is something that struck us; We need to cover this story. It’s a story that we should all hear. This is more than just a human interest story.”

* Prime Time is on RTÉ 1 tonight at 9.35pm.

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