One year after daylight shooting, gardaí appeal for new witnesses

Supt Pat Diskin

Supt Pat Diskin

Exactly one year to the day after Owen Maughan was gunned down in broad daylight at the Top Oil filling station at Moneen, Castlebar, Superintendent Pat Diskin issued a renewed appeal for any information which might assist in the murder investigation.

Speaking to the Mayo Advertiser yesterday, Supt Diskin said gardaí have pursued in excess of 300 lines of enquiry do date as part of the murder investigation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Owen Maughan was shot a number of times at the forecourt of the petrol station on the afternoon of December 18 and died a few hours later at Mayo General Hospital.

His one year anniversary Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, yesterday.

Supt Diskin said that gardaí are still very much focused on tracking down the perpetrators of the murder.

“We have a significant number of ongoing enquiries,” he confirmed.

Supt Diskin confirmed the car used in the crime, a grey BMW, was stolen from Dubiln Airport on December 6.

The legitimate number plate of the stolen vehicle was 06 G 3981. However, it was seen a number of times around Dublin city bearing the number plate 09 D 30024.

Two days after the murder of Mr Maughan, the car was found burned out at Derryvohey, Balla, on December 20.

Supt Diskin is appealing to anyone who may have spotted any activity at Derryvohey on December 18, or in the days leading up to and following that date.

“There was obviously activity there and if anybody saw anything, we would appreciate a call,” said Supt Diskin.

Supt Diskin is also appealing to anyone who may have spotted the car sporting the plates 06 G 3981 or 09 D 30024 or who knows anything about these number plates.

“What about the making of the false plates?” he added “Does anyone have any information in relation to this? They may have been ordered in a garage or in a motor factor.”

Most importantly, Supt Diskin said they want to appeal to anyone who was at Top Oil, Moneen, at the time of the shooting to come forward if they have not already done so.

“They may feel the information they have is irrelevant or immaterial but I would like to be the judge of that,” said Supt Diskin. “If anyone was at the scene and hasn’t yet come forward, they can do so now.”

Supt Diskin said the investigation is ongoing and “no stone is being left unturned.”

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