Shaun Duffy’s mother tells inquest he had many enemies

The mother of a Dungloe man who was stabbed to death at his home has admitted he had many enemies.

Shaun Duffy from Meenacross was found lying face down with stab wounds and an arrow sticking out of his arm in July, 2005.

Despite a huge Garda investigation during which more 1,000 people have been interviewed, nobody has ever been charged with his murder.

An inquest into Mr.Duffy’s death, which opened at Letterkenny Court yesterday (WED), heard how he had also received several blows to the head during the violent attack.

The dead man’s mother revealed how her son always locked the doors to his home at Meenacross, Dungloe.

“He did have a lot of enemies and lived in fear of what might happen to him,” said Mrs Kathleen Duffy.

Mr Duffy, was found by his brother Kevin at 2.30pm on July 29th after trying repeatedly to contact him on his mobile phone and landline.

Kevin Duffy said he found him lying face down on his sofa at his ransacked home.

There was blood all over the walls and doors and the furniture had been smashed up.

He said the last time he had seen Shaun, 36, was at about 2.30am at his home just 500 yards from the scene of the murder.

They had been celebrating Kevin’s birthday in a local bar and had returned to his home to eat pizzas.

He said the dead man had been in “good form” and had not been fighting with anyone on the night.

However Kevin Duffy said he knew straight away when he called to his brother’s home the following day that something was wrong.

“The inside door on the porch which my brother always used wasn’t locked. I knew straight away something was wrong because he always locked it.

“I found Shaun inside lying face-down on the sofa and there was a lot of blood. I noticed a large gash on his head and an arrow in his arm.

“He was cold and I felt for a pulse but couldn’t get one. I knew straight away he was dead,” said Kevin Duffy.

Shaun Duffy, who was 6’4”, was well-known in the area where he was also a nightclub bouncer and also traded in horses and ponies.

State pathologist Dr.Michael Curtis revealed a post-mortem on Mr Duffy revealed he had received four stab-wounds to the body and nine bangs to the head with a blunt object.

He also revealed how an arrow from a crossbow had gone through Mr.Duffy’s right forearm.

He said he considered that the stab-wounds to Mr.Duffy’s chest, neck and abdomen were the most likely cause of his death.

The inquest will resume again today