Andrew Allen killing should be ‘utterly condemned’ - Coroner

Gardai officers pictured at the scene of the shooting at Links View, Lisfannon back in February 2012. 1002JM60
Gardai officers pictured at the scene of the shooting at Links View, Lisfannon back in February 2012. 1002JM60

The Coroner presiding at the Inquest into the death of Derry man Andrew Allen has said that his killing should be “utterly condemned”.

Coroner John Madden made his comments at the opening of the Inquest in Carndonagh on Friday.

The late Andrew Allen.

The late Andrew Allen.

Top Of The Hill native Andrew Allen was murdered at his home in Links View Park in Lisfannon on February 9th, 2012.

Deadly dissident organisation Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later admitted responsibility for his murder.

Speaking before Mr Allen’s relatives, a jury and others gathered at the Coroner’s Court, sitting at the Public Services Centre in Carndonagh, Dr Madden said: “Andrew Allen, I believe, was only 24 and hadn’t reached his 25th birthday.

“His whole life was ahead of him and it was taken from him, but we can’t go into the details today.”

The house at Lisfannon, where Andrew Allen from Derry was shot dead in February 2012.

The house at Lisfannon, where Andrew Allen from Derry was shot dead in February 2012.

Expressing his condolences to Mr Allen’s relatives who attended the hearing, he said:

“Nobody should have to go through this sort of trauma.

“We thought all this was behind us,” he added, warning that there were those who had still not moved away from such brutality.

Andrew’s killing “should be utterly condemned”, he said.

Gardai officers pictured at the scene of the fatal shooting of Andrew Allen at Links View Park, Lisfannon. 1402JM06

Gardai officers pictured at the scene of the fatal shooting of Andrew Allen at Links View Park, Lisfannon. 1402JM06

Earlier the jury was sworn in but Dr. Madden said that State Pathologist Marie Cassidy, who had been in Carndonagh earlier in the day, had had to return to Dublin and would be unable to give evidence due to the ongoing Garda investigation into Mr Allen’s death.

The Coroner added however that certain identification evidence could be heard which would enable the issuing of Mr Allen’s death certificate.

The court was told that the doctor who pronounced Mr Allen dead, Dr Stephen McNally, was now in Australia but Garda Inspector David Murphy read a statement from him.

Dr McNally’s stated that on the night Mr Allen was killed he was on duty with NowDoc. At about 9.50pm a call came through from the call centre in Letterkenny detailing a shooting incident in Buncrana, and stating that the victim was deceased.

Dr McNally said he left from Carndonagh and travelled to the scene via the mountain road. On arrival, he saw people gathered outside , and gardai along with ambulance personnel, whom he recognised.

He said that there was a male victim lying in the bedroom doorway on the left hand side. He said there was no sign of breathing and that he pronounced the man dead at 10.34pm.

Garda Sergeant John Gallagher from Buncrana Gardai told the court he was on duty that night and that at around 9.30pm he had been made aware of an incident at Link View Park.

Sgt. Gallagher arrived in a patrol car with a colleague and noticed the front door open and a number of lights on. He said he “saw the body of a young man lying on the floor, between the the bedroom and the hallway”, and could see that he was dead. He then met the victim’s partner, Arlene Farrelly.

At 12.15am, Sgt. Gallagher said, he informed Dr Madden of the circumstances and also informed State Pathologist Marie Cassidy and was told she would attend in the morning.

He later identified the body to Dr Cassidy, and accompannied the remains to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem.

Dr Madden said the jury would have to be instructed to bring in a finding that the cause of death is undetermined at this stage.

A jury members said: “On behalf of the jury, we would like to send our sympathies to the family of the deceased, and as indicated the cause was undetermined.”

The Inquest has now been adjourned until October 16th, 2015.