THE father of a Limerick man murdered just yards from his home has renewed his appeal for information that will lead to solving the case of his son’s killing.
On November 22, 2007, Jeffrey Hannon (19) was bludgeoned to death in a area just yards from his home in O’Malley Park, Southill.
Over the last ten years, Jeffrey’s father Alan has campaigned for justice to be served over his son’s murder and despite several arrests, questionings and lines of investigations followed, a prosecution has not arisen.
Last year, two more men, aged in their 20s and 40s, were arrested and detained at Roxboro Road Garda Station but were later released without charge.
Earlier this year, a potential witness came forward and offered information to gardai pertaining to the murder.
Alan Hannon told the Limerick Post that this witness gave an account to garda as to what allegedly happened on the night Jeffrey was killed.
“This haunts me every year and we thought something new was developing with this witness. A file was prepared for the Director of Prosecutions, but I later received a letter to say that they would not be proceeding with the prosecution,” Mr Hannon said ahead of the 10th anniversary of his son’s brutal killing.
“I appealed this, well i wrote to the DPP and asked them for the reasons, but I was effectively told that there wasn’t enough evidence to advance the case or lead to a prosecution.
“This time of the years is so hard for us and Jeffrey’s two children are always asking what questions.”
A murder investigation was launched when Mr Hannon’s body was found in the early hours of November 22, 2007 and to date, 20 people have been arrested and questioned but no charges were ever made.
Mr Hannon’s family have constantly appealed to the public for information in connection with the death of Jeffrey.
Detectives at Roxboro Garda Station have described the case as being a “complex and detailed inquiry”.
On the sixth anniversary of his son’s death, Alan Hannan took to Limerick‘s streets with over 1,000 posters to advertise a march and public protest over the lack of progress in bringing his son’s killer to justice. He says that the time since Jeffrey’s death has been a “complete nightmare” for his family.
Jeffrey Hannan had only returned home from England and was out socialising on the night he was violently beaten to death.
Alan Hannon says that people know what happened that night and they are out there just too afraid to say.
“I am appealing, as Jeffrey’s 10th anniversary approaches, for anyone with anything to come forward.
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