Woman had to officially identify her late husband’s body outside her home at 5am after he was shot

A Dublin woman was required to officially identify the body of her late husband Michael Tormey to Gardaí just after 5am as it lay on the ground outside their family home, an inquest has found.

The Dublin District Coroner’s Court was informed that Mr Tormey, 49, a father of three, was fatally wounded in an exchange of fire at his home in Thomond Park, Ballyfermot, on 9 January.

The victim, who worked as a salesman and security porter, suffered multiple gunshot wounds while returning home from a social event around 4:30 a.m.

At a brief hearing of the inquest, coroner Aisling Gannon said a post-mortem confirmed Mr Tormey died as a result of traumatic gunshot wounds.

The inquest found that Mr Tormey’s wife, Amy Brennan, who was not present at court, had confirmed her husband’s identity to Gardaí by pointing to a body on the ground outside their home.

Garda Lisa Sexton said she later identified the body to Deputy State Pathologist Margot Bolster at the Dublin City Mortuary in Whitehall.

Inspector Dan O’Callaghan requested an adjournment of the inquiry under Section 25 of the Coroner’s Act on the grounds that criminal proceedings had been instituted in the case.

On January 19 Christopher Devine, 40, an unemployed man with an address in Convent Lawns, Ballyfermot, was charged with the murder of Mr Tormey.

He then applied to the High Court for bail the following month.

The DPP confirmed last month that Mr Devine would be sent to appear before the Central Criminal Court.

At a separate hearing, the Coroner’s Court heard it was considering criminal proceedings in connection with the death of a Ballyfermot woman who was hit by a taxi and fatally injured on her way home last year.

Rachel Meehan (54), mother of five, was killed around 1.45am on 31 October 2021 in Davitt Road, Drimnagh while walking home after a night out when she was hit by a vehicle.

A post-mortem found Ms Meehan had died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in a road accident.

The investigation was adjourned until January 12, 2023, as Gardaí said instructions on the case were awaited from the DPP.

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