Man found dead in cell was Dundalk shooting accused

The parents of a man found dead in a holding cell have said he was broken-hearted and full of remorse after killing a GAA star.

The parents of a man found dead in a holding cell have said he was broken-hearted and full of remorse after killing a GAA star.

Shane Rogers 32, of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, was found hanged in Cloverhill prison complex at lunch time.

He had been deemed a suicide risk.

Rogers handed himself in after the shooting dead of James Hughes, All-Ireland club medal-winning captain of Crossmaglen Rangers, from Co Armagh in the early hours of Sunday December 11.

Mr Hughes’ female friend Patricia Byrne and taxi driver Anthony Callan were injured in the attack when the cab pulled up outside her house in Dundalk.

Rogers’ parents Sean and Mary said they were absolutely devastated by their son’s death.

“We have only learned of Shane’s death this afternoon and we are totally devastated and in total shock over his tragic death,” they said.

“We would like to make it known that Shane had been broken-hearted over the death of Mr Hughes and the injuries to Ms Patricia Byrne and Mr Anthony Callan.

“Shane was totally remorseful over what happened in the tragic events that Sunday morning.”

Mr and Mrs Rogers added that they were also broken-hearted over the death of Mr Hughes.

The statement was issued through the family solicitor Martin Crilly, who knew Rogers for 15 years and described him as “the backbone of the family”.

“I knew him personally for 15 years and I had the highest regard for him. He looked after the younger members of the family and he was loyal to his family,” Mr Crilly said.

The Rogers family was due to travel to Dublin for a post-mortem examination at Tallaght Hospital.

One of his brothers, and a sister are travelling home from Australia for a funeral expected later this week.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed an inmate had been found dead in the Cloverhill complex around lunch time.

“We can confirm an inmate has died in custody. As in all deaths in custody, the Irish Prison Service and An Garda Siochana will be investigating it,” a spokesman said.

It is understood Rogers was found hanged in a holding cell near tunnels linking the courthouse to the prison in the west Dublin complex around lunch time. He was being held on remand.

During the original court appearance last Tuesday, a Garda sergeant said Rogers told investigators he could not live with himself for what he had done. It is understood he confessed to the killing from the moment he contacted gardai.

Sergeant Kieran Moore said the accused was a suicide risk.

Judge Flann Brennan had directed that Rogers get medical and psychiatric attention.

A Prison Service spokesman said he could not discuss whether individual inmates were receiving treatment.

Rogers had been charged with murdering Mr Hughes in a gun attack as he arrived in a taxi at Cluain Ard, Lis na Mara estate in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Shortly afterwards Rogers presented himself to Carrickmacross garda station in Co Monaghan where he admitted the killing, according to his solicitor.

Sgt Moore told the court hearing last week, that when cautioned the defendant replied: “I apologise to him and to his family and friends and to Trish Byrne. I’m sorry for what I done.

“I cannot live with myself for doing this.”

A nun in the chaplain’s office in Cloverhill prison had been supporting Rogers over the past week.

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