Two still held over girl's murder

 

Gardaí are today continuing to question two men over the murder of Melanie McCarthy McNamara (16) in Tallaght earlier this month.

A teenager and man in his early 20s, believed to be the chief suspects, were detained in Athy, Co Kildare on Thursday, following a raid on an apartment in the town. They are being held in Tallaght Garda station under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Ms McCarthy was in a car with three men parked outside a house on Brookview Way on February 7th when a black SUV pulled alongside and one of the occupants opened fire, fatally wounding the teenager in the head.

Her friends drove her to Tallaght hospital, but she was pronounced dead at 1am.

Gardaí believe the gunman was trying to shoot a man known to Ms McCarthy but botched the killing and fatally wounded the girl instead. Ms McCarthy is believed to be the youngest ever victim of gangland crime.

The funeral of the murdered teenager was held in London on Friday last and was attended by several hundred people.

Ms McCarthy had lived in London for most of her life. The dead girl’s family are originally from Limerick and are members of the Traveller community. They settled in Tallaght about six years ago.

The death of the teenager’s is being blamed on a feud amongst drugs criminals, though some members of the McCarthy family displayed their anger with some photographers present at Friday's funeral mass, saying that newspapers ‘had told lies.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda station 01-6666000, or call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.