16 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

GARDAI are continuing to investigate the murder of a former detective at his home between Bailieboro and Cootehill at some time on Thursday evening/Friday morning last, and are reported to have interviewed a drug dealer from the Traveller community.
John Kerins, aged 49, was sitting on the couch at his detached two-storey home near Canningstown when he was shot by a person gardai suspect to have been known to him. The investigation is currently understood to be focusing on whether the killing took place because a gang feared he would talk to gardai about their dealings in drugs.
It is also suspected that the same gang may have been involved in the disappearance of a neighbour of Mr Kerins, 44-year-old Dublin native Gerard Daly, who has not been seen since June of last year and is feared dead.
Gardai have not yet recovered the shotgun used in the killing, but have spoken to a number of individuals known to Mr Kerins, including criminals in the Cavan area that he was known to have associated with. One of these is believed to have been a suspected INLA member who had befriended Kerins and is not suspected of being involved in the murder.
In 2002 he avoided prosecution after an 18-year-old man was injured when he threw a torch at a stolen car and later died from head wounds.
Mr Kerins, a former detective garda who was separated from his wife and three children, had been facing trial at the Circuit Court in relation to handling stolen farm machinery valued at €20,000 after he was arrested in Co Cork last year.
He had been a member of the force from 1983 until being discharged on medical grounds in 2010, and had worked as a detective in the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

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