Gardaí arrest two in connection with Limerick axe murder

Two men have been arrested in connection with the horrific murder of a teenager who was beaten to death with an axe.

Gardaí arrest two in connection with Limerick axe murder

By David Raleigh

Two men have been arrested in connection with the horrific murder of a teenager who was beaten to death with an axe.

Jeffrey Hannan, from Southill, Limerick, was bludgeoned to death and left in a field just yards from his parents house.

Jeffrey, 19, had no criminal links and was the victim of an unprovoked attack on November 22, 2007.

In an early morning planned Garda operation, officers swooped on two houses on the south side of Limerick city and detained two suspects, one aged in his 40s, the other in his 30s.

"We are holding the men in Roxboro Road and Henry Street Garda stations. They were arrested shortly before 8am," a Garda source said.

"They are being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. They are being held in connection with the murder of Jeffrey Hannan."

Jeffrey Hannan's father, Alan Hannan, has made repeated calls on successive Ministers for Justice to meet with him to discuss his son's case, but all, including Francis Fitzgerald, have declined.

Mr Hannan has said he knows who murdered his son and that Gardaí also have intelligence on the main suspect, but have yet to charge anyone.

Over 20 people have been arrested and questioned about the killing.

In an emotional letter to minister Fitzgerald, on the eve of the seventh anniversary of his son's tragic death, Mr Hannan wrote: "Jeffrey's daughter Nikita has had to see a child psychologist because she is so sad about not having her Daddy around."

"When she told me what she wanted for Christmas, she asked me if Santa would have to check with her Daddy too. What am I supposed to say to her...It's just heartbreaking."

Mr Hannan had requested Gardaí apply more rigour in their probe and asked the minister to help him have his son's murder investigated by the Garda Cold Case Unit.

Speaking this morning, Mr Hannan said: "I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this time the Gardaí will be able to charge someone.

"This has been a never ending nightmare for all of the family," he added.

Following his son's inquest last year Steve Collins -- father of Roy Collins who was shot dead by the Dundon McCarthy gang -- said he hoped his family’s fight for justice would provoke others into giving evidence to bring Jeffrey Hannan's killers to justice.

"Well I think this has been proved by what we did, that you can get results. It’s terrible for the families that are left in limbo," Mr Collins said.

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