Inquest into death of GAA star killer adjourned

September 23, 2013

The inquest into the death in custody of Shane Rogers, the man who murdered Crossmaglen Rangers GAA star, James Hughes, was adjourned for three months last week.

32 year old Rogers from Inniskeen in Co.Monaghan hung himself in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse in Dublin, after being held there for the murder of the Crossmaglen Rangers captain nine days earlier.

Rogers blasted Mr Hughes to death after firing a double-barrelled shotgun into the taxi he was travelling in with Rogers’ ex-girlfriend, 21 year old Patricia Byrne.  He targeted the pair outside her home in a Dundalk housing estate in the early hours of December 11th.  The father of three young children sustained fatal gunshot wounds to the neck and upper body while Ms Byrne suffered facial injuries. The killing sent shockwaves through the local community of Crossmaglen where Mr Hughes was a popular and well-known figure.

Dublin City Coroner’s Court was told last week that Rogers fled the scene of the murder and drove to Carrickmacross Garda Station where he told a Garda Sergeant that there was a “thin line” and that he had “crossed it tonight.”

Rogers is understood to have been “very obviously suicidal” after first being charged and had instructed a solicitor to draw up a will.

In a report into Rogers’ death last January Judge Michael Reilly found that almost an hour had elapsed between checks on the prisoner even though he was on suicide watch and should have been checked every 15 minutes.

The inquest into his death will resume on December 13th.