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Mayo man Brendan Kilduff shot dead by friend 'mistaken for intruder'

Shooting victim Brendan Kilduff’s car being removed from the scene near Knock, Co Mayo
Shooting victim Brendan Kilduff’s car being removed from the scene near Knock, Co Mayo

By Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

A man was shot dead by his friend in a remote townland in Co Mayo after being mistaken for an intruder, gardai believe.

Brendan Kilduff (67), from Sallyhernaun, near Knock, had just visited an elderly farmer in his 80s in the neighbouring townland of Coogue, close to midnight on Tuesday.

But it is believed that a moment of tragic confusion after Mr Kilduff left the friend's house resulted in his death.

It is understood that after visiting the elderly farmer at his home, Mr Kilduff was unable to start his car.

He was then fatally shot as he attempted to return to the farmer's house.

Sources said last night that "all the indications" were that Mr Kilduff had been "shot accidentally".

Bachelor Mr Kilduff and the alleged gunman, also a bachelor, had known each other for many years and were on very friendly terms, according to local sources.

Mr Kilduff was said to be a frequent visitor to the elderly farmer's house.

Gardai have been working on the theory that the man in his 80s discharged a number of warning shots after he became suspicious of noises outside his home.

Local sources said that the arrested man was "very paranoid" about becoming the victim of a burglary.

"Both men are very well-respected local bachelors who operate small farms. It is a terrible tragedy," a local source said last night.

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