On the night of the 15th of October 2008, our 24 year old brother John Kelly was on his way home from Kildare to Dublin as he was expecting to work with his brother in-law Declan the next day. John left Athy Co Kildare by train at 9.35pm and travelled up to Houston Station, Co Dublin.
While on the train John was chatting to a girl and asked if he could make a call from her phone because his battery was dead. John made two calls to Declan, his brother in law but Declan’s phone rang out. John also made another two calls to an unknown number. John arranged earlier that day for Declan to collect him when he got to Dublin. John arrived into Houston station at 10.55pm.
For reasons unknown to us John made his way to Britain Quay in Dublin City and ended up in the water where he died. On the 16th of October around lunch time, John’s body was recovered from Britain Quay.
That afternoon the Garda informed our mother of John’s death, she was told by the Garda that on the night previous one phone call came in to say there was screaming and shouting at Britian Quay, our mother was told when the Garda arrived on the scene, they seen John was in the water and they threw him a rope and he could not catch it.
When John’s body was recovered he had no money, no phone, no bracelet or cigarettes, he also purchased runners that day and they too were missing. Our family retrieved CCTV footage of John in Kildare that day carrying a bag with an Alan’s foot wear logo on it.
John was identified through dental records and it was advised to have a closed casket. The day before John was buried, in the funeral home my mother asked for the coffin to be opened. There was bruising on the left side of John's face, dry blood in his ears and his knuckles on both hands were badly scraped and bruised. None of this was in the post Mortem, the post Mortem states there was swelling to the brain and extensive marks to John’s neck.
Our mother was told by the Garda there was no marks on John’s body. When we asked about John’s clothes, the coroner’s office said as they were badly soiled with blood and for health & safety reasons they were destroyed.
We voiced our concerns to the Garda and asked for an investigation into John’s death. We were told there was nothing suspicious in John’s death and therefore there will be no investigation.
None of this made sense, we know our brother and knew that something awful happened to him that night. Since the Garda didn’t want to investigate John’s death, our family started to investigate and also hired a private investigator, Mr William Flynn.
The Garda told our family the one phone call that came into them on the night John died was from a resident of the Portview apartments opposite Britian Quay where John was calling for help.
So our family went to the apartments and took statements from the residents. It was then we discovered there was several residents who heard John shouting for help. Not only did they hear John calling out , they went out onto their balcony’s and were shouting over to him to hang on that help was on the way.
A statement taken from a resident states, the resident called emergency services from the balcony so they didn't think it was a crank call, got though to Pearse Street Garda station and told them someone was wailing.
The operator asked the resident what location, the resident gave the location and was told it wasn’t their jurisdiction and gave the resident the phone number for Irish Town Garda station.
When the resident rang the number given and re-laid the details again to the operator, the resident was told your through to Tallaght Garda station and was then given the correct number for Irish Town station.
When the resident finally got through to Irish Town station, the operator said yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve had several calls already, someone’s on the way.
Another resident on the night called Irish Town Garda Station, the operator said it’s not their area and they would pass it on.
About two weeks after John’s death the Garda interviewed this resident and made comments that John committed suicide and that some people just don’t want help. This resident wasn’t the only one who was told by Garda that John committed suicide.
After my family interviewed the residents of the apartments we discovered there was a lot more calls on the night into the Garda for help. Several calls into three different Garda stations and yet the fire brigade was not called until 12.57am.
After the inquest into John's death, suicide was ruled out. There’s so many unanswered questions, all my family wanted was our brother’s death to be taken seriously and treated with respect.
We call on the Irish Government to open a full investigation into John’s death. Our family will continue to push for Justice for John.
How can they garda say John’s death’s not suspicious when it’s clear he was beaten and robbed and left crying for his life in a canal?
Why and how did John’s phone ring out the next day, even though he died in the water and his battery was dead while on his way to Dublin?
Where is his money, runners, bracelet and his phone?
Why was there bruising to John’s face that was not in the post Morten and garda said there was no marks on John???
Why did the Garda ignore our concerns?
Our family will continue to push for Justice for John.