Murder victim’s sons awarded €90k payout

October 24, 2016

The three sons of a Crossmaglen man who was murdered while on a night out in Dundalk almost five years ago have been awarded a €90,000 payout from his killer’s estate, The Examiner has learned.

James Hughes (35) was shot dead in the early hours of 11th December 2011 while sitting in a taxi in Lis na Dara Estate.  Within hours of the murder, his killer, 32-year-old Shane Rogers from Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, handed himself into Gardaí.

However, just nine days later, he took his own life while on remand in Cloverhill prison.

Ms Jennifer McMullan, Mr Hughes’ bereaved partner and mother of two of his sons, later took legal action against the personal representative of Rogers’ estate.  And earlier this year, judgement was granted when the administrator of the estate revealed he would not defend the case.

On Friday the High Court in Dublin heard that Mr Rogers had an insurance policy worth €90,224, which the insurance company had said it would not pay out unless a court order was made.

Presiding, Mr Justice Kevin Cross made an order for payment of the entire policy to Ms McMullan and his three sons.  Counsel said it had been agreed by the family that the proceeds of the policy be divided equally between Mr Hughes’ three sons Darragh, Lee and Tiernan.  Ms McMullan had waived any right in relation to it – a decision the judge described as “most fair and reasonable”.

Mr Justice Cross said it was a very tragic case and he sympathised with the family of Mr Hughes.

James Hughes was a talented footballer with Crossmaglen Rangers GFC, winning three All-Ireland club championship medals, and was captain of the club’s Seconds team at the time of his death.  A very well known and popular young man, his brutal killing rocked the entire community and plunged his family, clubmates and friends into immeasurable grief.