Just bought this book today. Should be interesting.
Niall was beaten downstairs. He was brought upstairs to Richard and Theresa’s room and not his own bedroom which was on the same corridor. They rang Solicitor for advice. Solicitor advised them to clear the house. Aunt May was sent to bed.
Aunt May was last to see Niall alive downstairs ( Allegedly ) but surprisingly the Gardaí never took a statement from her. Also her statement was not included in the family statements handed into the Gardai by solicitor Liam Lysaght ( Who also acted for Niall )
Although May’s statement was dated 15/July /1985 it was not handed over to the Gardai until 13/aug/1985. Also her signature on statement is very different to signature she signed giving evidence at Inquest.
The Crime Scene ( I should say alleged Crime Scene) of the Murder of Fr Niall Molloy was tampered with after the first Garda, Sgt Kevin Ford, arrived on the scene.
In a statement he made to the Serious Crime Review Team, Sgt. Kevin Ford ( retired ) said the following.
“ I have viewed the photographs and can say this is how I found the scene with one difference. I have a recollection that of the body being in a different position”
Link to RTE Archives
Day 1. 24th July 1986
Day 2. 25th July 1986
As you can see here there were no Murders recorded in the Laois/Offaly Division of the Garda Síochána for the year 1985
Source : REPORT ON CRIME 1985
The Garda Serious Crime Review Team in their report to the Minister refer to the killing of Fr. Niall Molloy as “Murder”