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Jastine Valde abduction suspect Mark Hennessy shot dead by police left note telling where he dumped missing student’s body

By Robin Schiller

The suspect in the abduction and murder of a young student in Dublin left a note detailing where he had dumped her body after killing her.

Father-of-two Mark Hennessy, the only suspect in the murder of Jastine Valdez (24), was shot dead on Sunday night after being confronted by an armed garda detective.

It followed a two-day manhunt for the married man and the Nissan SUV he used in the abduction of Ms Valdez.

Despite the suspect in her disappearance being located and killed, it was not until shortly after 3pm yesterday afternoon that gardai managed to find the body of Ms Valdez.

It has now emerged that the murder suspect left a note, in which he told gardai he had dumped the Filipino woman's remains in the Puck's Castle Lane area of Rathmichael in south Dublin.

Gardai are also investigating reports that Hennessy was socialising in a pub in the Ballybrack area on Saturday night. It is believed he went drinking just hours after the abduction of Ms Valdez.

Following a massive search operation, Ms Valdez's body was found in gorse in Rathmichael, almost 48 hours after being abducted.

Gardai have not yet established a connection between Hennesey and Ms Valdez, and investigators at this stage believe that the abduction was a random attack.

Witnesses, including a 12-year-boy, reported a woman being punched by a male and then forced into a black Nissan Qashqai along the Kilcroney Road, Enniskerry at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Later that evening the family of Ms Valdez reported her missing. A number of appeals were issued on Sunday, and a garda manhunt resulted in Hennesey being located at a car park in Cherrywood, south Dublin. It is understood that the murder suspect was self-harming and attempted to attack a garda, before he was shot by a detective.

He was struck in the arm and head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It can also be revealed that Hennessy appeared in court just last week to face a number of charges relating to drink driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

This related to an incident in Bray in September of last year, when he crashed into another motorist.

However, he had other convictions dating back to his early 20s, including possessing cannabis, threatening and abusive behaviour and being drunk and disorderly.

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