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Garda tells inquest he believes Andrew Allen's killers live in Derry

Andrew Allen was shot dead by dissident vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD)
Seamus McKinney

A Garda officer has told an inquest into the death of father-of-two Andrew Allen that he believes his killers live in Derry.

The 24-year-old was shot dead by dissident vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) at a house he was sharing with his partner, Arlene Farrelly, near Buncrana in February 2012.

At an inquest in Buncrana yesterday, County Donegal coroner Denis McCauley was told that Mr Allen was shot through a downstairs window.

In a statement to the inquest, Ms Farrelly said they were in bed at around 9.30pm on the night of the murder.

She she heard bangs at the front door and saw a man with what looked like a sawn-off shotgun when she looked out the window.

As Mr Allen struggled to dress, three shots were fired through the window of the downstairs bedroom.

Ms Farrelly said she saw her partner fall to the ground and he told her, “Arlene, I can't feel my legs.”

The witness, who was not present at the inquest, said Mr Allen was bleeding heavily and after seeking help from a neighbour, she tried to perform CPR but realised after a shot time he was dead.

Ms Farrelly said her partner's name was included on a list of six people sent with a bullet to the Gobnascale Family Centre in Derry weeks earlier.

She said she knew he was linked to illegal drugs years before but had not been involved since meeting her.

While Mr Allen's family was told the threat against him had been lifted, the Derry man spent most of his time at the Buncrana house.

Former state pathologist Marie Cassidy told Dr McCauley that Mr Allen was struck by three bullets, with a gunshot wound to his heart causing rapid death.

Garda Inspector Pat O'Donnell told the inquest that he believed Mr Allen's killers were from Derry.

He said despite hundreds of lines of inquiry, no-one has ever been charged with the murder.

A jury of five men and two women returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

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