The heartbroken father of murdered Ken Fetherston claims the “dogs on the street know who killed him”.
Brian Fetherston is pleading for someone to come forward with the right information to bring those responsible to justice.
Ken, 27, from Tallaght in South Dublin, disappeared in September 2009 and his body was found four months later on January 31 by walkers on Military Road in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.
Today is 12 years to the day since the car mechanic’s remains were found and his family are still clinging to some hope of justice for their boy.
Brian, who stressed that his son had no involvement in crime, has vowed to keep fighting until those responsible are behind bars.
Coach driver Brian believes a group of up to eight people know what happened to his son and he is appealing to their conscience.
He told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “The dogs on the street know who did it. A small group of people know what happened, maybe six or eight people.
“One or two of them were very definitely involved and they wouldn’t have been able to keep that to themselves, they would have told someone.
“I personally believe they are just staying quiet out of loyalty to these individuals.
“It’s very frustrating. The way I see it is if they were capable of committing a murder and there is nothing to say they are not going to do it again.
“Those who are protecting them, by staying quiet, they are just as likely to meet the same fate that Ken did if they upset these guys in any way, shape or form.
“I would hope something would get to them, I don’t believe they have a conscience.
“If they had they would know the difference between right and wrong. They just don’t give a damn.”
A postmortem concluded dad-of-one Ken was stabbed to death on September 22, 2009.
A number of suspects were subsequently arrested, but no one has ever been charged.
Brian said there would have been a lot of blood left on Ken’s killer or killers and someone would have seen it.
He said: “The amount of blood Ken lost during the attack, they had to be covered in it. That in itself would have indicated to people something serious had happened when they discovered Ken had been murdered.
“One and one makes two. Anyone over the age of five would have been able to put it together.
“There are a small bunch of people who know what took place. And they are under the false impression it was self-defence and was justified. It wasn’t self-defence and that kind of assault was not provoked.
“It was murder. The Serious Crime Review Team are looking at the case. They started looking at it this time last year, they took an active interest in it.
“I have met with them a few times and they have every confidence in what they are doing. There is some link there that is going to pull it all together.
“I hope this Cold Case Unit will find that link. It would be closure in a lot of ways for the whole family. It’s constantly in my head.”
Brian said Ken’s daughter, who was a three-year-old at the time of his murder and is now 14 and reminds him so much of his son.
He said Ken would have been so proud of the way his daughter Nicole has grown up despite the heartache. Brian added: “We are missing Ken. His daughter is starting to grow up and is now a teenager. She’s missing out on the best parts of her dad.
“She’s a very high achiever in everything she does. He would be seriously proud of her, big time. And he would have great reason to be proud of her and he’s missing all of that.
“She’s so like him. Her mannerisms, everything about her reminds me of him. It’s like looking at him growing up again.
“It’s just so unbelievable. It always brings a tear to my eye when I see her, it’s like looking at Ken. The way she does things, the way she looks at you, it’s like looking at him all over again when he was that age.
“It’s difficult for the whole family.”
However, Brian believes his son is always close by and he finds comfort in talking to him when he’s driving.
He added: “Every time I’m out working I always talk to him. I drive coaches and I’m always talking to him when there’s nobody on the bus.
“If anybody saw me going down the road in the coach they would think I was a lunatic talking to myself. I find it makes it easier. It’s my way of dealing with it.”
- If you have any information contact the Garda Confidential phone number on 1800 600 111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.