Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan said he believes the answer to solving the killing of James Cahillane lay “in the community’’.
The brutal death of Mr Cahillane in his home at Ardraw, Killorglin, in the early hours of April 19, 2012, resulted in one of the biggest murder investigations ever conducted in Kerry, with more than 400 people interviewed.
Chief Supt Sullivan, replying to a question from Cllr Michael Cahill (Ind) at a meeting of the Kerry joint policing committee yesterday, said the investigation was ongoing.
“It’s coming up to the second anniversary and we owe it to the Cahillane family to bring this matter to a successful conclusion,’’ he said.
“As long as I am the divisional officer, I will ensure this investigation is vigorously pursued. It’s unfinished business in the Kerry division. We have got a lot of assistance from the public, but still believe there’s more information in the community.’’
He pointed out that a 32-year-old Georgian man had recently been extradited from Spain to face a charge of murdering another Georgian in Tralee more than eight years ago.
Mr Cahillane’s body was found in the hallway of his burnt-out home in a rural area just after 2am on April 19. He lived alone. A postmortem showed the separated father of two had suffered extensive head injuries consistent with an assault, and a murder probe was launched.
Mr Cahillane, known as a popular, inoffensive man who did not appear to have any enemies, had been socialising in Killorglin on the evening of Wednesday, April 18.
He visited Sheehan’s and Clifford’s pubs before taking a taxi to his home, 5km on the Beaufort side of the town, not long before midnight. Among the lines of inquiry followed by gardaí was that he may have been attacked and robbed before the house was set on fire.
People out fox-hunting in the area did not notice anything unusual happening around his home at 1.30am on April 19, but the emergency services received a call from a neighbour reporting seeing the house in flames at 2.20am.
* Anyone with information can contact Killorglin Garda Station on 066 9790500, or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111.