Shaun Duffy killing ruled unlawful


An inquest into the death of a Co Donegal undertaker and horse dealer has ruled he was killed unlawfully.

Shaun Duffy (36) was found dead at his home in Dungloe, Co Donegal on January 29th, 2005.

He was lying on his sofa and had been stabbed four times, beaten about the head and an arrow was stuck into his arm. The house had been ransacked.

A Letterkenny District Court today, coroner John Cannon said the evidence pointed to a “cruel, cold and callous”death.

.“It is unimaginable that a person could have a will to do this to another human being. Shaun Duffy was a private person with secrets known only to himself. He did not deserve to die like this,” said the coroner.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said Mr Duffy died as a result of being stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen and suffering blunt force trauma to the head.

Supt Michael Finan told the court the investigation into the killing was ongoing.

“We continue to pursue a number of lines on enquiry with this inquest bringing the matter into the public domain,” he said. “We would again appeal to anybody who may have information on Mr Duffy’s death to contact us in the strictest of confidence.”

More than 1,000 people have been interviewed since Mr Duffy was found dead.

The jury recorded a verdict of unlawful death.