Garda investigation continues as inquest finds Shaun Duffy was unlawfully killed

A senior Garda has said an investigation into the death of an undertaker will continue – five and half years after he was killed.

36 year old Shaun Duffy was found butchered to death at his home in Dungloe, Co Donegal in January, 2005.

He had been stabbed four times, beaten about the head and an arrow was stuck into his arm.

The inquest jury returned a unanimous verdict of unlawful killing, after which Garda Superintendent Michael Finan stressed this was not the end of the investigation into the murder.

Renewing an appeal for information, the superintendent said gardai continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry.

More than 1,000 people have been interviewed since Shaun Duffy was found lying face down on a sofa at his home at Meenacross at 2.30pm on January 29th, 2005.

He was discovered by his brother Kevin at his home which is just 500 yards from the family home.

The house had been ransacked and there was blood all over the walls and the doors.

As well as working as an undertaker, the dead man worked as a nightclub bouncer and also traded in horses and ponies.

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

A nine person jury this afternoon reached a unanimous verdict of death by unlawful killing, with Coroner John Cannon said he was prevented from saying everything he could say, as this is still a live investigation.

He concluded 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, and did not deserve to die like this.