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Tragic shooting George Nkencho was shot twice in the back, pathologist's report finds

Independent pathologist hired by teen's family conducts post-mortem on body of gun victim

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George Nkencho was shot dead by members of the Garda Armed Response Unit outside his west Dublin home on December 30

George Nkencho was shot dead by members of the Garda Armed Response Unit outside his west Dublin home on December 30

George Nkencho was shot dead by members of the Garda Armed Response Unit outside his west Dublin home on December 30

George Nkencho, who died outside his home in Clonee, was shot twice in the back by armed gardai, a preliminary pathology report has found.

A pathologist hired by the Nkencho family's solicitor, Mr Phelim O'Neill, found that one of the two back wounds suffered by Mr Nkencho was a gunshot wound entering his lower back and exiting his upper right chest.

Mr Nkencho's State-conducted post-mortem found that he was shot six times in total with an interim cause of death believed to be two fatal gunshots to vital organs.

Separately, Prof Jack Crane, the former State Pathologist for Northern Ireland, who was hired by Mr O'Neill for the family's own investigation, conducted a preliminary post-mortem into Mr Nkencho's death on January 12 at Dublin City Mortuary.

According to sources close to the family, Prof Crane noted that, among the "five or six" wounds, "a small, neat entrance wound was on the left side of the back/left flank area.

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Flowers left at the scene of the fatal shooting outside George Nkencho's home.

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal shooting outside George Nkencho's home.

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal shooting outside George Nkencho's home.

"The track of this bullet was upwards and to the right, passing through the lower lobe of the left lung and the heart to emerge at an exit wound on the centre of the front of the upper chest."

The professor records a second "probable entrance wound on the left side of the upper back, below the left shoulder-blade. It would appear to have been a superficial wound, exiting from a wound in the left axila (armpit)".

Three wounds were to the chest with another to the left forearm, he finds.

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GRIEF: Left to right, Emmanuel, George and Grateful Nkencho; front, Victor, Gloria and the siblings’ mother, Blessing

GRIEF: Left to right, Emmanuel, George and Grateful Nkencho; front, Victor, Gloria and the siblings’ mother, Blessing

GRIEF: Left to right, Emmanuel, George and Grateful Nkencho; front, Victor, Gloria and the siblings’ mother, Blessing

The professor records wounds to the left lung, heart and liver and says that "the wounds' direction would tend to indicate that he [Mr Nkencho] was moving during the course of the shooting".

George Nkencho (27), who had no previous criminal convictions, was shot dead outside his Clonee home at around 12.35pm on December 30.

Mr Nkencho, who suffered mental health problems, had been involved in an incident at a Spar shop in nearby Hartstown where he attacked a shop assistant with a knife.

A second incident also occurred at the nearby post office. He was reported to local gardai who followed him as he carried the knife on his walk back to his house at Manorfields Drive, Clonee, Dublin 15.

Mr Nkencho was engaged with by gardai, in stages, as he travelled on foot and instructed to drop the knife but did not.

The Garda Armed Support Unit then attempted to restrain Mr Nkencho, using pepper spray and deploying Tasers while his family were inside. He was fatally wounded by gardai.

Following the first shot, he appeared to lunge at gardai with the knife. Mr O'Neill, has expressed his "extreme concerns" at the pace of the investigation by Gsoc. Mr O'Neill has also written to the Garda Ombudsman's office expressing his concern about the taking of witnesses' statements.

An Garda Síochána said that it cannot comment on matters subject to a Gsoc investigation.

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