Sister of murdered Corkman Frankie Dunne says his family still hope for justice

Sister of murdered Corkman Frankie Dunne says his family still hope for justice
Frankie Dunne was murdered last December at Boreenmanna Road in Cork.

THE sister of murdered Corkman Frankie Dunne whose body was discovered at a derelict house on Boreenmanna Road last December has said that the family is still “hoping for justice”.

Monica Butler said the family is “just taking it one day at a time” and that they are “hoping for justice and to get some bit of closure”.

Her comments come after a man in his 50s who was arrested on Monday in connection with the investigation into the murder of Francis Dunne was released without charge today.

64-year-old Mr Dunne's dismembered body was found in the grounds of Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Road on December 28, 2019.

The popular Churchfield man had been living nearby in supported accommodation by Cork Simon.

Speaking about her brother’s death, Monica Butler said that although justice is what the family wants, that “it’s not going to bring him back”.

She said that his death was “horrible” and that where he died “was a horrible place and he was left on his own overnight”.

“We didn't know he was going in and out of there. It was just convenient that it was idle and derelict. There was none of us expecting this,” she told the Neill Prendeville Show on RedFm.

Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of Frankie was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan
Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of Frankie was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan

She said the family’s door was always open to Frankie who was the youngest of eight children, but said they “couldn't hold onto him” because of his addiction to alcohol.

“When you’re an alcoholic all you think about is drink and more drink, you don't think of the future because alcohol takes over your whole body and mind and everything,” she said.

Ms Butler had already suffered the tragic loss of a family member 20 years ago when her only son John Butler son was shot at point-blank range by a masked gunman over a bag of chips in 2002.

Her grief-stricken husband John took his own life in 2006.

Both her son John and brother Frankie are buried at St Michael’s Cemetery where she often visits them.

“You never get over a tragic death when a person comes along and murders in cold blood for no reason at all,” she said.

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