Inquest opens into death of Churchill man Seamus Doherty

September 27, 2018

A barrister acting on behalf of a man allegedly murdered in Churchill in 2012 has said they will reserve their position on the scope of his inquest until they see all depositions.

Gareth McGrory BL was speaking at the opening of the inquest of Seamus Doherty at the Donegal Coroner’s Court held in Letterkenny Courthouse.

Mr Doherty, of Drumcanoo, Churchill was found dead at his home in June, 2012.

A murder investigation had been launched and a man was due to stand trial in connection with the death but this charge was withdrawn at the Central Criminal Court.

Coroner Dr Denis McCauley opened the inquest and told all parties that he wanted to run the inquest as efficiently as possible.

The late Seamus Doherty.

He listed out the witnesses which included taxi-driver Stephen McDaid, Anne Doherty, Martina Spokes and Samuel Clarke.

The Garda witnesses include Garda Sean McLaughlin, Supt. Michael Finan, Detective Garda Bosco Gallagher and Garda Danny Costello.

The medical evidence will be given by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy who performed the autopsy.

Mr Doherty’s daughter Catriona told the inquest that no member of the family had ever been asked to formally identity Seamus.

However, the court was told that Gardai at the scene did know Mr Doherty.

Barrister Gareth McGrory said his clients were reserving their position inot the scope of the inquest until the saw the depositions.

He also said he was putting the court on notice that they were applying to GSOQ on the G71 form and that has been requested and is currently under review.

Barrister Miriam Reilly SC, for the Garda Commissioner, said they acknowledge the scope of the inquest and they will consider the depositions when they are released.

The court was also asked to include the deposition of John McArt who has since passed away.

The inquest was adjourned for mention on November 21st.