Christopher Mooney Obituary, Death – Gardai believe that a man who was found dead in his home in a rural area of County Monaghan was killed by another man who tried to flee the scene but was struck by a car and killed as he tried to get away. Christopher Mooney, 60 years old, was identified as the victim by the community as having been murdered at his home in Knockreagh Lower, Broomfield, on Thursday morning. Mooney was the victim of a sustained assault that included being stabbed.
Kieran Hamill, 37 years old, was identified as the second suspect by local authorities as having an address in Culloville, County Armagh. On Thursday morning, gardai were called to the residence of Mr. Mooney in Castleblayney after a family member who had gone to the house found him dead and saw another man leaving the scene. After approximately half an hour had passed, gardai from Carrickmacross were notified of a collision that had occurred on the N53 at the Ballynacarry Bridge, which connects Castleblayney and Dundalk.
When Mr. Hamill was struck by a car, he had been walking on the roadway at the time. It was determined that he had passed away at the scene. According to The Irish Times, Mr. Mooney was found guilty of committing sexual offenses against a young male victim nearly two decades ago. The victim was a minor.
According to another report in the paper, Mr. Hamill was facing multiple charges, including affray and assault that resulted in bodily injury to a woman. In the earlier part of this year, he is accused of engaging in an affray in the town of Castleblayney, which is located in the county of Monaghan. He was supposed to make an appearance in court later this month regarding this matter.
On Friday morning, post-mortem examinations of both of the deceased men are scheduled to take place. According to the Garda, the results will help them decide how to proceed with the investigation. The house has been cordoned off in order to give detectives from the Garda Technical Bureau the opportunity to conduct an investigation there.
Garda has issued an appeal to anyone who was in the Broomfield area between the hours of 5:00 and 6:45 a.m. on the day that Mr. Mooney was killed to get in touch with them. They have also requested that any road users who were in the area of the accident before 7 a.m. on Thursday, especially those who were recording footage with a dashcam, come forward and share the footage with them.