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'A horrible nightmare': Family make renewed appeal over murder believed to be case of mistaken identity

Patrick Sullivan was shot by a masked intruder who entered his home in April 2013.


A NEW APPEAL is being launched today over the murder of Patrick Sullivan who was shot in April 2013. 

On Saturday, 13 April 2013, Sullivan was shot by a masked intruder who entered his home at Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin.

Sullivan, known to his family as Padser, sustained serious injuries and never regained consciousness. He died in hospital over five years later in June 2018. 

Gardaí believe the shooting of Sullivan was a case of mistaken identity. 

Sullivan’s wife Bernie will appear on RTÉ’s Crimecall this evening and told the programme that the entire family have suffered terribly following his shooting.

I thought it was a nightmare because that is exactly what it was like, a horrible nightmare. He never came home, he ended up in the Cherry Orchard Hospital Brain Injury Unit. The kids, they were heartbroken. We went to see him all the time and everytime they went a little piece of them was gone. Just looking up at us, it broke our hearts.

“Someone needs to be brought to justice for this, and I really think that somebody out there has to know something, any little thing. They might think it’s not very important, it could be very important,” Bernie has appealed.

Crimestoppers and gardaí are asking for people who know anything of relevance to the case to contact them. 

“We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information relevant to the murder of Patrick Sullivan,” Superintendent Paul Dolan, of Lucan Garda Station, said. 

Mr Sullivan was a hard-working family man who was not involved in criminality and we believe he was shot in a case of mistaken identity. 

“At the time of the shooting, the local community provided vital information to gardaí,” Dolan said. 

“We are now appealing to any members of the public who have yet to come forward to please do so,” he said. 

Any information you may have either on the incident or those involved can play a crucial role in our investigation. 

Calls to Crimestoppers are completely anonymous and callers do not need to leave their name or address.

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025.

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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