Three people who died in a speeding collision were identified from the DNA samples of their relatives, hearing in interrogation

The bodies of three people killed in a head-on collision with a truck on the N7 in Dublin last year were to be identified using DNA samples from relatives, an inquiry is heard.

He was being chased by Gardai when the collision happened.

Three people – Dean Maguire (29), Carl Freeman (26) and Graham Taylor (31), all from Tallghat, Dublin, died when their BMW vehicle crashed into a speeding accident between Citywest and Baldonell on 7 July. After that it burst into flames. 2021 when they were driving on the wrong side of the N7.

John Hoday, a former Forensic Science Ireland scientist, told a meeting of the Dublin District Coroner’s Court that he was able to match DNA samples taken from one of the parents of each deceased with blood samples taken from men’s bodies. Were.

Mr Hoday estimated that the chance of Mr Taylor not being related to the DNA profile provided by his mother, Brenda Taylor Freeman, is one in seven million.

The forensic scientist said the likelihood of similar findings with respect to Mr Maguire and Mr Freeman was one in 90,000 and 100,000, respectively.

Lewis Woods, a senior investigative officer for the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), told the investigation that significant progress had been made in the GSOC’s investigation into the deaths of three people.

Ms. Woods sought and was granted a six-month adjournment of the case in relation to Mr. Freeman’s death.

However, following subsequent objections by Solicitor Michael Finucane, representing Mr Maguire’s family, Coroner Claire Keane agreed to postpone the investigation in relation to all three cases for a period of three months.

Asked why the GSOC was not seeking a shorter moratorium, Ms Woods said six months was needed because the GSOC did not have the same resources as En Garda Siochana.

Ms Woods informed the court that GSOC had received a report on the fatal accident last month from Garda forensic collision investigators.

When asked by Mr Finucane, Ms Woods said GSOC had received several statements from Garda’s witnesses, but could not say how many. He confirmed that statements were also received from civilian witnesses.

The investigation revealed that GSOC had also collected CCTV footage and photographs from the dashboard of the taxi, which Ms Woods described as “critical”.

The GSOC investigator said he did not remember whether photos from social media formed part of the investigation, but agreed with Finucane that it would be surprising if they did not form a line of inquiry into the case.

Asked repeatedly about the length of the investigation and the need for a six-month adjournment, Ms Woods insisted the GSOC had limited resources and that the investigation had produced “one huge file”.

“We can’t move this any faster,” she said.

Mr Finucane said the need for a further lengthy adjournment was “extreme” as there was a legal imperative “fuelled by the European Convention on Human Rights” to deal with such cases immediately.

“I don’t think 13 months [since the deaths] Comes into anyone’s definition of quickness,” he remarked.

Ms. Woods said she would submit the full file to the GSOC commissioners with a possible recommendation that it be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

With the consent of the GSOC, Dr Keane adjourned the investigation until 25 October to allow an update on the progress of the investigation.

Solicitors representing Mr Taylor and Mr Maguire’s relatives also objected to the coroner’s proposed issuance of death certificates.

Sean McCann, representing Mr Taylor’s family, said it was not appropriate to issue a death certificate at this stage as the details of medical evidence must be saved until a full investigation.

Dr Keane said the purpose of issuing the death certificate at an investigation’s preliminary hearing was for the “ease” of the relatives of the deceased.

Mr McCann, however, claimed such a move would not bring comfort to his client.

The men’s deaths sparked a major controversy over the conduct of mourners at Mr Maguire’s expected mass and burial last summer.

The funeral at St Mary’s Priory Church in Tallaghat made international headlines after a screwdriver and torch – tools attached to thieves – were brought to the altar as gifts, while many attendees criticized the number of people receiving and receiving at the church. The efforts of the local priests were ignored. Circle to follow social distancing and wearing of masks. As part of the COVID-19 restrictions.

A woman of praise said Mr Maguire would not be forgotten before adding: “Sorry for the language, father – rest in peace, you are the legend.”

A poster brought to the church read: “RIP Dean – You know the score, get on the floor, don’t joke, give me money.”

Father Donal Roche, who oversaw the expected ceremony and threatened to halt the proceedings at one stage if the church did not show more respect, later described it as the “most disturbing” funeral he had ever attended.

A funeral party featured motorcyclists wheeling and burning out in a speeding convoy, while Mr Maguire’s aides performed dangerous maneuvers on public roads around Crumlin and other parts of the city in the days following his death .

All three men, who had served a total of more than 200 sentences, were known to Gardai and were believed to be key figures in a burglary gang linked to “Fat” Andy Connors – the leader of a crime gang that was found in his home. was shot outside. in Saggart, Co Dublin in August 2014.