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Brothers in custody over mobile home killing

Crime DeskBy Ken Foy
Gerry Nolan
Gerry Nolan

Two brothers remain in garda custody after they were arrested in prison in relation to the brutal murder of a man more than 10 years ago.

Both suspects are understood to be related to Gerry Nolan, who died following a fire at his home - a caravan - in Deerpark, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, on July 24, 2006.

Yesterday's arrests follow an extensive investigation by gardai. The brothers were being detained in Kilkenny and Thomastown Garda Stations.

Gardener Mr Nolan (44) died following a fire at his mobile home, which was parked at the back of his childhood home.

Gardai arrested five people following the killing but all were later released without charge.

The case was reviewed in 2014 and a cold-case murder investigation was launched.

It is understood officers are working on the theory that the pair held a personal grudge against Mr Nolan.

The victim came from a family of 11 and his brother Willie-Joe lived in the family home at the time.

Mr Nolan's son Christopher appealed for people to come forward with information on the killing when he appeared on Crimecall last year.

"I was in Wales at the time, and next thing I get a phone call from my uncle and he said there was after being a fire," Christopher said.

"I just gathered up my things and went straight back to Ireland. It's a nightmare. Please come forward, there's no need to be afraid."

Christopher said his uncle made desperate attempts to save his younger brother from the burning mobile home, which went up in flames at around 4.20am.

"Willie-Joe tried to break open the door to get my father out, but he couldn't. He was locked in from the outside," he said.

"He was heard screaming. The flames of the fire went up too quick. It was terrible."

He said it is very hard to know his father's murderer has evaded justice, especially when he believes he knows the killer.

"It is very hard. I have a fair idea of who did it. I never have thought anyone would ever go to that extreme.

"I would like to see whoever done it caught and brought to justice. It's hard knowing the person is so close as well," Christopher said.

"It would put my mind at ease. It is hitting nearly the whole family with depression."

Gardai investigating the murder are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.