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Dean Maguire's widow issues warning after 'burn scum' sign left at memorial

"You will meet Dean Maguire quicker than you think. Instead of hiding like the coward you are"
Dean Maguire's memorial was defaced

Dean Maguire's memorial was defaced

Neasa Cumiskey

The widow of N7 crash victim Dean Maguire has issued a warning to vandals who defaced his memorial by leaving a sign reading 'burn scum' at the site.

Maguire (29) died alongside his friends Graham Taylor (31) and Karl Freeman (26) in July when the BMW they were travelling in collided head-on with a lorry as it drove on the wrong side of the road down the N7 near Rathcoole, resulting in the car bursting into flames.

The men, who had more than 200 previous convictions between them, were known to gardaí and had links to a notorious burglary gang operating on a national scale.

Now, Dean’s widow Sallyann has revealed that a memorial to her late husband has been targeted after she discovered that a sign reading "burn scum" had been placed among some flowers at the scene.

Dean Maguire

Dean Maguire

Taking to social media, she explained that this is the third time that vandals have trashed the site in recent weeks.

Sallyann warned that the culprit would cross paths with Dean sooner than they think and said that she hopes karma does its work.

In a post, she wrote: “This is the third time in the last eight weeks that someone has ripped my pictures off the road. They have been at my husband’s grave twice but to make it worse they put this sign up.

Dean Maguire's casket

Dean Maguire's casket

“You will meet Dean Maguire quicker than you think. Instead of hiding like the coward you are.

“I hope to God that karma comes back and slaps you straight in the teeth.

“Our lives are destroyed. I’m broken over my husband. My heart is paining me every day for my own husband and the last eight weeks are a walking nightmare for us.”

Dean’s funeral, which took place at St Mary’s Priory in Tallaght on July 16th, made headlines after offerings praising Maguire's burglary skills - including a screwdriver and a torch - were brought to the altar as gifts.

A professionally printed banner ­featuring Maguire's face and the words "You know the score, get on the floor, don't be funny, show me the money" were also included.

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