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Thomas was "turning his life around" before he was shot dead

Thomas Farnan Shortt
Thomas Farnan Shortt

A convicted burglar who was jailed for breaking a garda’s leg in 2000 was “turning his life around” before he was shot dead.

Thomas Farnan Shortt (37) was by a masked gunman when he answered his front door in Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin, on the 25th of April last year.

Gardai suspect that he had been in a row with the gunman in the days before the incident.

A close family member who wished to remain anonymous said: “He was in a lot of trouble but in the last two or three years he was quieting down.”

“He wasn’t an angel either. He was still driving around with no tax or insurance. The police wouldn’t even bother stopping him anymore because they knew it wasn’t worth the hassle.

“But he was turning his life around.”

The family member said they didn’t know why Thomas was shot dead.

“I just don’t understand how this happened and that’s being honest with you. I don’t understand,” they said.

“He was harmless. You ask anybody in Bawnogue, nobody would have a bad word to say about him. He was loved by everyone.

“The sad thing about scum is they have no value for life whatsoever. This type of thing is becoming an everyday occurrence.

“When we were growing up we were no angels, but never would an argument come to this. It would never get this violent.”

Four people have been arrested in relation to the murder so far, but the gun used in the attack has yet to be recovered and no-one has been charged.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25