Gardai probe threats to Nkencho family

by Gazette Reporter

Gardai have launched an investigation after the family of George Nkencho received a threatening letter in the post.

The 27-year-old was shot dead in the front garden of his home in Clonee on Wednesday December 30 following a confrontation with gardai.

They had followed him home after it was reported he attacked a staff member with a knife at a Eurospar in nearby Hartstown.

A letter sent to the family, written in red ink, told them the sender was glad that Mr Nkencho had been shot dead and inaccurately claimed he was a convicted criminal.

The letter, which was posted to the family home in Manorfield, contained obscene and racist language and warned the family they should leave the area.

A garda spokesman said: “An Garda Siochana is investigating the origin and contents of correspondence which has been brought to our attention.”

Mr Nkencho suffered with mental health issues. Supporters of the family have held daily protests outside Blanchardstown Garda Station since the fatal shooting.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is investigating Mr Nkencho’s death and the family were due to meet with GSOC officials this week.

His devastated siblings have hit out at claims made about George, who had no criminal convictions, which have appeared online since the shooting.

Family solicitor Phelim O’Neill said they wanted to set the record straight following attempts to “sully his character”.

He told RTE Radio One: “It’s true that George certainly struggled with his mental health in recent years but he was a person of good character who was deeply loved by his family.

“Statements online that he only came to Ireland as a teenager in recent years are untrue. George actually grew up in Ireland, he lived peacefully in Blanchardstown with his family for over 18 years.

“Statements that he had a criminal record are untrue because George had no criminal convictions.

“George’s family are good, hard-working people who have had to suffer the tragic loss of a brother, a son, a nephew and they certainly didn’t deserve to see their deceased family member subjected to a vindictive character assassination of this kind.”

Mr O’Neill said the family also wanted to acknowledge the “warm outpouring of sympathy” from across Ireland but that his death has had a “traumatic affect” on them and the wider African community.

George’s body is expected to be released to his family for burial within days.

A number of public order incidences have taken place in the wake of the shooting, while supporters of George’s family have held protests outside Blanchardstown Garda Station.

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