Dead former Garda identified as John Kerins

The body of John Kerins was discovered in a large detached two-storey house in the townland of Cornaveagh, near Bailieborough, Co Cavan, shortly after midday. The man was believed to have been shot in the head. It is understood the man, thought to be in his mid 40s, was a former Garda who was medically discharged several years ago. He had served as a senior detective in a number of specialist units throughout his career. The scene of the incident has been sealed off to facilitate a forensic examination while the services of the office of the State Pathologist have also been requested. While investigations are still at an early stage Gardaí are treating his death as murder.

When family members were unable to contact him, a member of his family went to his home at around 11.30am and found him dead. The alarm was raised immediately and when local Gardaí arrived at the scene they sealed the off the area. The remains will undergo a preliminary examination by a pathologist at the scene before the body is removed for a full post-mortem.

Mr Kerins, was arrested and questioned by Gardai when his neighbour Gerard Daly vanished in June 2010. Mr. Daly, originally from Knockmore Grove, Tallaght, was a dog breeder who had settled in the Bailieborough area in recent years. The missing man, who turned 44 on Wednesday, and is feared murdered. The pair were said to be planning to go into business together breeding security dogs, before Mr Daly’s disappearance. Mr Kerins was also recently arrested and questioned over the seizure of stolen goods.
One Garda source said the dead man could have been targeted by associates he became involved with after leaving the force.

“For a Garda he had a very chequered past,” said a local man who knew the victim. Mr Kerins, a father, separated from his wife last year and was living alone at the house which is 7km from Bailieborough off the main road to Cootehill. The victim was said to have become dishevelled over the last 18 months, growing his hair and beard long. Meanwhile, Mr Daly’s family have made several appeals urging any person, even with the smallest piece of information, to make it known to the Gardai.

There was no sign of a disturbance at his home and the only things missing are his mobile phone and the keys to his van. Investigations into his whereabouts included probes in the Bailieborough area, as well as the border region, England, Jersey and Malta.
Gardaí have also been working closely with the PSNI, Interpol and Europol and detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation to try to solve the mystery over Mr. Daly’s disappearance.

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