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Murdered OAP Christy Hall to be laid to rest on Monday as cops continue to hunt killer

“If anyone out there can help gardai in their efforts to apprehend this man, please come forward.”
Christy Hall

Christy Hall

Patrick O'Connell

THE heartbroken family of murdered pensioner Christy Hall will lay him to rest on Monday – as his violent killer remains at large.

Christy (65), who died after a brutal attack in his Balbriggan home on November 24th, will be laid to rest to rest alongside his father at Ballymadun Cemetery on Monday.

His burial will follow his funeral mass in the Church of the Assumption in Garristown at 12 noon.

A source yesterday confirmed to the Sunday World that the vulnerable pensioner’s remains were returned to his grieving loved ones on Wednesday last.

“It’s very hard on the family laying Christy to rest in the knowledge his killer is not yet behind bars,” the source told the Sunday World.

“If anyone out there can help gardai in their efforts to apprehend this man, please come forward.”

Christy had a medical condition as a result of an accident 20 years ago in which he sustained severe head injuries.

He recovered after a period on life support, but his injuries resulted in a life-long medical condition.

The popular pensioner was found by one of his daughters lying dead in his home in Dun Saithne Green, Balbriggan, on Wednesday November 24th.

He had sustained severe injuries to his head and upper body.

Flowers laid at the home where Christy Hall was killed

Flowers laid at the home where Christy Hall was killed

Gardaí believe at least some of the injuries were inflicted with a weapon which was not located at the scene.

Investigators believe Christy’s killer was known to him and that he had willingly let him into the house as there was no sign of a forced entry.

As part of their probe, gardai are examining any friendships Christy had struck up in the months leading up to his death.

Speaking with the Sunday World previously, a relative of Christy’s paid tribute to him as a generous soul who would do anything for anyone, including giving you the last euro in his pocket.

Originally from Garristown in Co. Dublin, Christy, a former employee of Dublin County Council, lived in Whitechapel in Clonsilla for a period before moving to Balbriggan after a horrific accident 20 years ago.

“He wasn’t expected to pull through after the accident. But he did pull through after a long period on life support. After that, he wasn’t able to work anymore,” the relative said.

“He had two daughters and a son and Christy adored them. He was really gentle and easy-going.

“He just couldn’t see any fault in anyone. “If anyone was short he’d say go on there and take that. He’d give money to anyone if they needed it.

A senior source who spoke with the Sunday World said the brutal nature of gentle Christy’s death had affected even the most experi-enced of gardaí.

“This was a vulnerable man who was living a simple life within that community,” the source said. “Despite his medical condition, he made the best of things, he had friends, he enjoyed going for a pint and an occasional flutter on the horses.

“There is no reason for him to have been targeted like this.

“And Gardaí are determined to apprehend the person responsible.”

The Sunday World understands that Gardaí have harvested CCTV from a number of cameras in the Dun Saithne estate in the hopes Christy’s killer may have been caught on camera.

They are also appealing to his network of friends and neighbours to come forward with any information they may have on the kill-ing.

Anyone with information on the murder of Christopher Hall is asked to contact gardaí at Balbriggan Garda Station 01-6664500, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

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