THE brother of a second-hand car dealer gunned down at his home on the Clare/Limerick border 20 years ago says his family will never give up hope that his slain sibling’s killers will be brought to justice.
39-year-old Sean Poland, who had also worked as a blocklayer, was shot dead in a botched aggravated robbery at his home in Blackwater, Ardnacrusha on New Year’s Eve 2002.
Although no one has ever been charged in relation to the murder, Gardaí suspect criminals from Limerick City were behind the killing .
Sean Poland’s brother Ray Poland said: “We will never give up looking for justice, and as long as I’m alive, I will never give up.”
“Hopefully, sooner rather than later, we will get a result in the investigation and get closure to this, before we are all gone.
Appealing directly to persons with information about his brother’s murder, he said: “We know someone has information. Hopefully they are still alive. Please come forward and give us some help, give the Gardaí some help, give us some closure.”
Mr Poland (57) said the family were pleased that Gardaí agreed to their request to renew the appeal for information about the killing this Friday.
“I’m delighted he is not forgotten, that the investigation is still alive, and hopefully something might come out of this. Twenty years is a long time,” added Mr Poland.
Gardaí have made a number of arrests down through the years but no one has been charged.
A statement released by Gardaí read: “Gardaí at Mayorstone Garda station (Limerick) are re-appealing for information in relation to the murder of 39 year old Sean Poland in his home in Blackwater, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare on 31st December, 2002.”
“Sean was out socialising with his partner at the Round House Pub, High Street, Limerick, celebrating New Year’s Eve. They left the pub just after 11pm and headed home.”
“Sean’s partner set a fire in the living room while Sean made some food in the kitchen. As they were settling in for the night, the doorbell rang. Sean went to answer the door thinking it was neighbours calling to wish them a Happy New Year.”
“As Sean opened the front door, four masked and armed raiders rushed through the door. Two of the raiders ran towards the living room and grabbed Sean’s partner. They ordered her to kneel on the floor and told her to put her hands behind her back. The raiders demanded to know where the money was.”
“She heard a shot coming from the hallway, the raiders tied her hands together with a cable from the television. They stole a sum of money from her handbag and fled from the house.”
“Sean’s partner discovered him in the hallway, with a gunshot wound to his stomach, he was not breathing.”
“An Garda Síochána made appeals for public information at the time and on ‘Crimecall’ in December 2012.”
“On this, the 20th anniversary of Sean Poland’s murder, Gardaí continue to appeal for information in this case and believe that a number of people have yet to come forward who may now be in a position to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.“
“With the passage of time some person may now be in a position to provide information to investigating Gardaí that they could not provide at the time, or maybe some person who did provide information at the time may be now in a position to provide further information.”
Anyone with information can contact investigating Gardaí at Mayorstone Gar
da Station 061 456 980, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.