On the 18th of December at around 3:30pm 29-year-old Owen Maughan was at a petrol station on Moneen Road, Castlebar, County Mayo. He was filling up a water canister at his car when he was shot a number of times. The shots were fired from a graphite grey BMW 330 estate that then sped off in the direction of Claremorris. Owen Maughan was rushed to Mayo General hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8pm that evening.
Owen was twenty-nine years old, married and living with his wife in Castlebar, in a campsite close to the garage where he was killed.
'The people who done this to my husband, they not only took my husband, they took my best friend, in a matter of minutes. They need to be convicted for this brutal, cold-blooded murder of my husband.'
- Anne, wife of Owen Maughan
64 year-old Patrick Douglas was last seen on Sunday, the 5th of January 2014. Originally from the inner city, Patrick has been living in Coolock for over thirty years. He lives there with his wife and two grown children. When he left his home he did not have his phone or wallet with him.
Patrick is described as 64 years old, 5'10" in height, medium build, with a Dublin accent. He was wearing the brown leather jacket he is wearing in the CCTV image, dark trousers and black runners.
Last sightings of Patrick by friends and family on Sunday the 5th January (approximate times)
At 3:30am a patrol car was at Enniscorthy Garda station for dispatch when Gardaí heard an explosion in the town. Gardaí drove to Rafter Street where they saw a high-powered black estate, possible an Audi A4, outside the ATM machine at the Ulster Bank.
A man approached the patrol car and fired a shot. Two other men ran from the bank. The three raiders got away with a quantity of cash in a high-powered car and made their getaway down Rafter Street and turned left onto Weaver Street and across the Ross Road.
On the 5th of December at around 9:30 in the morning, the owner of an antique shop in Cloncollig, Tullamore was opening up for the day when a blue Renault Leguna pulled up outside. Two men, their faces covered, wearing hoods got out of the car and went into the shop. One was armed with a handgun. The men threatened the owner with the gun, demanding cash and breaking into the display cases, started to steal the jewellery. They kept the owner at gunpoint on the floor. The raiders made their getaway, abandoning the car about a quarter of a mile from the shop. The raiders got away with a significant quantity of cash and jewellery.
The raiders were well covered up in the raid but they were driving a Blue Renault Leguna, registration number 99D974. It had been sold in October 2013 with false registration details. The car was abandoned after the raid in Chancery Lane, less than half a mile from the scene of the crime.
On the evening of Saturday the 4th of January a man broke into a family home in Trim, County Meath. The parents and their children were in the house at the time. The mother was putting the kids to bed before the couple were due to go out for dinner. The husband was watching TV at the front of the house. They were expecting a family member to call, who would normally come to the kitchen door, so when they heard a noise at the back of the house, at first it didn't alarm them.
But when the husband went into the kitchen a stranger confronted him. The man gave chase, the burglar pulled a knife on him and threatened to stab him.