Belfast Telegraph

Appeal over 1990 bookie's murder

A grieving 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 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 the day he was killed."

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.

Garda detectives in Naas and the cold case unit are investigating the attack, which is believed to have been planned by a criminal gang. Up to 17 people were arrested and questioned at the time, with 500 statements taken and 1,500 people interviewed.

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.

"In the 20 years that have passed, circumstances may have changed for people which means they can now come forward."

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