Gardaí appeal for information on 14th anniversary of brutal murder of pensioner in Mayo

This coming Bank Holiday weekend is the 14th anniversary of the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice at Bellaghy, Charlestown, Mayo.

At 6.45 pm on May 6, 1998, his body was found in a bedroom of his home. It has been established that sometime between 8.20 pm on Friday May 1, 1998, and Saturday morning May 2, 1998, Eddie was attacked in his home. He was assaulted, tied up, gagged and left to die over a period of five days.

It is believed the men who killed Fitzmaurice were part of a Traveller gang and despite extensive investigations, including more than 700 statements being taken, no one has been charged.

It is believed they were looking to rob him of his life savings, IRL£13,000.

The Garda investigation into the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice has been co-ordinated from Charlestown and Swinford Garda Stations. Despite exhaustive efforts to identify the culprits, nobody has been charged to date with this crime.

The murder investigation has remained ongoing for the past 14 years.

It is the belief of the investigation team that there are still persons who have information pertaining to this brutal crime. They are now appealing to them to come forward and tell the gardaí what they know. This information may provide the key to solving this murder.

Crimestoppers have offered a reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Superintendent Colm Fox, speaking at Swinford Garda Station, today said, “This was a particularly callous and brutal attack. Eddie Fitzmaurice was 83 years age and lived alone, in Bellaghy, Charlestown, Mayo. He ran his own drapery shop for many years. Eddie was a popular member of the community, who went about his day to day business, in a quiet gentle manner.

“Fourteen years on, An Garda Síochana are continuing to appeal for your help. There may be people with information but who were under duress at that time and did not come forward. However all these years later their circumstances may have changes and we would urge anyone with information to contact us here in Swinford.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990, or the Garda Confidential Freephone on1800 666 111, or Crimestoppers Line on 1800 250 02.


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