Murder inquests adjourned as Garda probes continue

An inquest into the shooting dead of an innocent man outside his home was adjourned today as a garda murder investigation continues.

An inquest into the shooting dead of an innocent man outside his home was adjourned today as a garda murder investigation continues.

Keith Fitzsimons was shot a number of times on June 2 2006 in a gun attack as he stood with friends in the front garden of a house in north Dublin.

The 23-year-old from Glin Grove in Coolock was not believed to have been the intended target.

He was hit four times and died in the garden on Millbrook Road, Ayrfield.

Two other men were injured in the attack.

A number of arrests were made in the early stages of the investigation but no-one has been charged with the murder.

Detective Inspector Walter O’Sullivan asked for the inquest to be adjourned for another six months to allow for further investigations.

“There are lines of inquiry we wish to pursue in relation to this ongoing garda inquiry,” he told the court.

Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell put the hearing back until July 11.

Meanwhile, a separate inquest into a second gun murder was adjourned until the same date.

Father-of-one James Purdue was shot dead outside his home in Donaghmede, north Dublin on June 19 2006.

He was the sixth person murdered in north Dublin in the first half of that year.

No-one has been charged with the killing.

The murder was linked to a feud with a drug dealer but his family, who attended the brief hearing at the Coroner’s Court, insist he was not involved in drugs.

The 22-year-old, who had a criminal conviction, was shot twice in the leg and thigh outside his apartment in Grattan Wood.

Detective Inspector O'Sullivan is also leading the Purdue murder investigation and asked for a six month adjournment.

“The investigation has commenced and is ongoing and we have some lines of inquiry we would like to exhaust,” he said.

Dr Farrell adjourned the hearing until July 11.

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