Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Gardai re-examine roadside murder of Tyrone bookmaker

A daughter has made an emotional appeal to catch the armed gang who murdered her father 20 years ago.

Tyrone bookmaker Dessie Fox was shot and robbed of £20,000 as he travelled to a race meeting at the Curragh.

His daughter Lorna O'Mahony yesterday said the lives of her mother and two sisters had been shattered by his death.

“We miss him every day, we miss talking to him, asking his advice, sharing our day-to-day lives with him,” said Mrs O'Mahony, who was just 15 at the time.

“We lost so much that day, and so did my dad. He has missed seeing us grow up, start our first jobs, get married, and have our own children, his grandchildren.

“We believe there are people out there who know what happened to my dad.”

Mr Fox, from Dungannon, was ambushed and robbed by a gang at Healy's Bridge in Prosperous, Co Kildare, on September 30, 1990.

The 47-year-old was shot in the thigh. The bullet severed an artery and he bled to death at the scene.

Gardai in Naas and the cold case unit are investigating the attack, believed to have been planned by a criminal gang.

Detective Inspector Ashley |O'Sullivan described Mr Fox as a popular businessman and a well-known on-course bookie.

“This was an horrific crime and it's a crime that we want to solve,” he said. “I'm appealing for people to come forward to give us the information that we need to solve it.

Gardai said the bookmaker's white Mercedes was forced to stop by a number of masked men and at least two firearms, a shotgun and a revolver, were fired.

Crimestoppers is also offering a reward. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers in Northern Ireland on 08 0055 5111 or 18 0025 0025 in the Republic.

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