On the 25th of September Benny Whitehouse and his partner drove into Balbriggan to drop off their two young children to school and crèche. They were just clipping in their seatbelts for the return journey, when an armed man walked up the road. He fired shot a number of shots through the driver's window of Benny's car, fatally injuring him and injuring his partner. Benny was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí are looking for information on two stolen vehicles seen in the Balbriggan area in the days before the murder. The first, a stolen black Ford Focus was used by the gunman and found burnt out a mile away from the scene of the murder, on Clonard Hill. ? This Ford Focus was seen parked on Flemington Lane in the days before the murder. The second, another stolen vehicle, was a blue Mitsubishi Crew Cab. It was discovered burnt out in Ardee on Saturday the 27th of September.
On the 4th of July, Leitrim man Frank Costello was at home listening to the World Cup quarterfinals on TV.
Frank was blind and lived alone in Knocklongford, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He was frail, but well looked after by his family and care workers. Sometime around 10pm that night, Gardaí believe an intruder climbed in through Frank's bathroom window and while Frank moved around in his living room, attacked him, stabbing him in the neck.
Frank lay on the ground of his sitting room until around mid-day the next day, when care workers discovered him and his family arrived. He had lost a lot of blood. He was brought to Sligo Regional Hospital where he remained, till his death, two months later.
Quote from John Costello, Frank Costello's nephew:
"That's the hardest thing to think that he was actually there all night, I mean I left him at half past six and the thought that he was there trying to press the alarm or trying to get to the phone or trying to get help or shouting or screaming and nobody heard him."
"To stab a man in the neck that's blind and couldn't even recognize you or see you, you wouldn't do it an animal what was done to him."
The Gardaí are treating as arson a house fire that broke out at a house on Oldcourt Avenue, Bray at 4:30am on the 26th of September.
A number of explosions took place at the house as fire officers attempted to rescue a 55-year old wheelchair bound man, David Costigan and his son from the house. David Costigan, was killed in the fire. His 20-year-old son survived the blaze.
On Thursday the 11th of September at around 5:30pm the remains of a man were discovered in Orrastown bog, Kells, County Meath. They were identified as the remains of Gerard Daly. He had been buried about 4 feet down in the bog.
Gerard Daly was last seen at his home in Cornaveagh, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan on Sunday the 26th of June 2011. Gardaí have conducted a three-year investigation into his disappearance with extensive searches and lines of enquiry. As of the 11th of September they now have a crime scene. Gardaí believe Gerard Daly was killed where his body was found.
His family have played a very active role in trying to find out what happened to Gerard. At this critical time in the investigation Gerry's sister, Belinda Daly makes an appeal for information in this murder enquiry. Gardaí bring us up to date on their investigation and make new appeals.
On October 5th, 2007 Brian Downes and Edward Ward were shot dead outside Brian Downes' home and garage premises on the Greenhills Road Walkinstown. Edward Ward went to Brian Downes' premises that night to finalize the sale of a car.
Two men arrived on a Honda Blackbird motorbike at around 9:50pm; the pillion passenger got off the bike and walked towards where Brian Downes and Edward Ward were chatting in the yard. He shot both men dead.
The gunman got back onto the motorbike that was driven off in the direction it had come from. It was found four weeks later submerged in 30 feet of water at the 5th Lock, Grand Canal near Bluebell.
Gardaí renew their appeal on the 7-year anniversary of this double murder.
Edward Ward's family made an appeal for justice for their 24-year old son. A young married man with two small children brutally shot dead seven years ago.
Next Crimecall is on Monday 17th November at 9.35pm