DPP decides against prosecution for drug dealer Staunton’s death
Real IRA claimed responsibility for death of Gerard ‘Topper’ Staunton
Cork City Coroner, Dr Myra Cullinane said the inquest into the death of Gerard ‘Topper’ Staunton could go ahead given that no criminal proceedings are currently being contemplated.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided against prosecuting anyone for the murder of a convicted Cork drug dealer which was claimed by the Real IRA as there currently isn’t enough evidence to warrant a charge.
Gardaí recently received back directions from the DPP that there should be no prosecutions at this point in time over the killing of Staunton, Sgt Twomey told Cork City Coroner’s Court yesterday.
Cork City Coroner, Dr Myra Cullinane said the inquest could go ahead given that no criminal proceedings are currently being contemplated. Dr Cullinane adjourned the inquest for hearing on August 3rd, 2016.
The inquest previously heard evidence from assistant State pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster that 41-year-old Staunton died from shock and haemorrhage due to a gunshot wound to the chest.
Staunton and Ms Flynn were about to get into their Audi car and drive off with her children when he was shot at close range by a gunman armed with what was believed to be a sawn-off shotgun.
The Real IRA issued a statement soon afterwards through the ‘32 County Sovereignty Movement’ to the Evening Echo newspaper in which it claimed responsibility for the shooting of Staunton.
The Real IRA said Staunton’s killing was not “a once off” and issued a warning to drug dealers in Cork to desist from their activities if they did not want to share the same fate.
Even thought the Real IRA said in its statement that its aim was to rid working-class communities of drug dealing, gardaí believed they were using the threats to extort money from drug dealers.
A detailed file on the matter including transcripts of interviews with those arrested and CCTV footage from various locations in Cork was later sent to the DPP for consideration.
Speaking yesterday after the inquest was adjourned, Supt Barry said the decision not to prosecute reflects the DPP’s thinking at this point in time but that the file into Mr Staunton’s murder remains open.
He issued a renewed appeal to anyone who may have any information which could assist gardai in bringing Staunton’s killers to justice to contact Togher Garda Station on 021-4947120.