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Frank Nkencho

Frank Nkencho

Frank Nkencho

The father of George Nkencho, who was shot and killed by gardaí in December, has broken his silence to say that while the family has "many doubts" they will get justice, he "hates no garda".

George (27), who had no previous criminal convictions, sustained six gunshot wounds - including two wounds in the back - outside his Clonee, Dublin home at around 12.35pm on December 30, 2020.

George's father, Frank Nosike Nkencho, speaking for the first time about the killing of his son, said the family wants "an independent and open inquiry" and that they are "less than happy" with GSOC".

"The family was told by GSOC that the garda that killed George, and all other gardaí that were involved, more than 10 of them, were not suspended but were still actively working," said Frank.

He also revealed that the family are seeking to move away from their Clonee home as they feel under threat.

"We have received racist and hate mails in the aftermath of the killing.

"The family needs to relocate...the garda bullets holes in our front windows are still there," he said.

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George Nkencho

George Nkencho

George Nkencho

Family solicitor Phelim O'Neill has expressed his "extreme concerns" at the pace of the investigation while welcoming it being given the status of a criminal investigation by GSOC.

"I hate no garda - all I need is unbiased justice," added Frank.

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.

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

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