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Son of man killed in arson attack: 'My father is an innocent man...you have to do the right thing'

Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may know what happened to Michael Crowe.

THE SON OF Michael Crowe, who died in an arson attack in 2009, has appealed directly to those involved in the attack to come forward.

crimecall Michael Crowe's son Tomás Source: RTÉ via screengrab

Speaking to Crimecall on RTÉ 1 for the first time about the devastating arson attack which claimed his father’s life. Tomás said:

My father is an innocent man, our family is an innocent family. We’ve done nothing wrong to you. Surely you can see that. You have to do the right thing.

The family home in Newbridge, Co. Kildare was engulfed in flames in the early hours of 4 October 2009.

Tomás and his mother Betty, who has since died, survived the fire with the help of neighbours who rushed to the scene but 81-year-old Michael was unable to escape.

Eight years later, the events of that night continue to take their toll. Tomás said:

It never leaves me. It has changed my life completely.

Tom, Michael’s brother, who worked with him in Bórd na Mona for over 40 years, believes it killed Michael’s wife Betty. “Betty was never right after it. I still believe the fire killed Betty.”

He is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward: “I’d love to say to anyone that has any information on what developed that night to come forward to the gardaí. It would mean a great lot to our family.”

Michael’s grand-daughter Pamela also spoke to Crimecall about the loss of a loving grandfather.

I have a child now and he would have been a great-grandfather. He would have loved her.

Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may know what happened to Michael to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60 or Newbridge Garda Station on 045 440 180.

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