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Innocent gangland victim died from gunshot wound to the head

The scene of Martin O'Rourke's killing
The scene of Martin O'Rourke's killing

Father of three Martin O’Rourke died from a gunshot wound to the head after he was fired upon by a gangland hitman in a case of mistaken identity.

27-year-old O’Rourke was gunned down on Dublin’s notorious Sherriff Street on the 14th of April.

Today’s inquest at the Coroner’s Court in Dublin heard the cause of death was determined by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, who carried out a post-mortem on the day of death.

Martin O'Rourke 

The bungling hitman made his escape on a pushbike following the bodged attack.

Store Street’s detective Inspector Sharon Kennedy applied for a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow for ongoing inquiries.

“The death is the subject of a criminal investigation that is ongoing,” Det Insp Kennedy said, confirming a file has yet to be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until the 10th of February 2017 before offering her condolences to the O’Rourke family.

“I know it is very difficult for you to go through this short hearing into the tragic loss of your brother in these circumstances,” the coroner said.

Martin O’Rourke was laid to rest following requiem mass at St Michan’s church on Church St in Dublin’s south inner City.