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Friday, 5 August 2011

GARDAÍ are examining the possibility that a 36-year-old man gunned down in the hallway of his house may have been the victim of a gangland hitman.

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It is believed the victim, named locally as Darren Falsey, was known to gardaí and was involved in the drugs trade.

He was shot a number of times, probably with a shotgun, although gardaí are awaiting ballistic tests to confirm this, at his home in Carrigaline, Co Cork, sometime between 2pm–3pm yesterday.

Last night assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a preliminary examination of the scene and Mr Falsey’s body was removed to Cork University Hospital, where a full postmortem will be carried out today.

Garda forensic experts combed the house at Ashbourne Court, off the Fernley road, on the southside of Carrigaline, looking for clues to the identity of the killer.

Mr Falsey’s partner found him lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of their home at 2.45pm and raised the alarm. It is believed she was living there with Mr Falsey and at least one young child.

The dead man was originally from the village of Waterfall, on the western outskirts of the city.

Mr Falsey was well-educated and attended Presentation Brothers College before carrying on studies at Tottenham Polytechnic College in London. He returned to Ireland, where he is believed to have become involved in criminality and the drugs scene in his early 20s.

He was a keen follower of Munster rugby and went to many of the province’s matches, both home and away.

A senior Garda source said they were examining a number of possible motives for the killing. Gardaí believe his killer may have lain in wait for some time before shooting Mr Falsey dead.

"We are anxious to speak to anybody in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious between 1pm and 3pm," the senior garda source said.

He declined to comment on local speculation that the dead man was involved in drug dealing and owed money to people. However, he confirmed that the dead man was "known" to them.

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