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John Maloney Junior, from Crumlin in Dublin, was arrested in May 2003 but was found unconscious shortly after being released and died 11 days later in hospital. His 48-year-old father, Johnny Maloney, said the family wanted an independent inquiry because they could not believe that their son had died from a combination of drugs or alcohol. âIf he was like that, he couldnât have walked out of the police station,â he said.
He claimed the family have been subjected to a campaign of GardaĂ harassment for highlighting the mysterious aspects of their sonâs death. âItâs been very rough for the family over the last two years. Youâre still fighting your case and thereâs no time for grieving,â said Mr Maloney.
The questions the family want answered include:
How could their son be released from custody in a healthy condition and then collapse 10 minutes later?
Why was there no record of him signing out of the GardaĂ station and no CCTV footage of him leaving?
Why did GardaĂ at Rathfarnam deny he had been in custody there when the family rang to ask the following day?
Why was he walking in the opposite direction to where he lived and why had no-one seen him on the route?
Was the GardaĂ investigation into his death properly carried out?
John Maloney Junior was in a car with a friend in Rathfarnam at around 8am on Sunday 4th May 2003 when they were arrested for a drugs search. His friend was released from his cell at 9.35am without charge and was told John was being held over due to an outstanding warrant for driving without insurance.
At an inquest in Tallaght District Court last year, the sergeant on duty said John was released shortly afterwards and he walked out of the station âwith a spring in his stepâ. But he was seen stumbling and falling at a nearby estate at around 9.50am by a passer-by and an ambulance was called. He died in Tallaght Hospital on 16th May when the life support machine was switched off.
The family tried to find out where their son was that weekend but claim they were told by GardaĂ at Rathfarnam that he had not been in custody there. Mr Maloneyâs wife, Sandra, finally learned what had happened when a radio bulletin mentioned a young man with a âJohnnerâ tattoo being taken unconscious to hospital.
Professor Marie Cassidy carried out the post-mortem examination on the body and gave evidence at the inquest that a minute amount of cocaine had been found in his body. There was also a large quantity of alcohol. Although she said the cause of death was possibly due to a reaction from cocaine, the jury returned an open verdict.
Independent Socialist councillor Joan Collins said the Maloneyâs were an ordinary working class family who had been torn apart by the death of their son. âThereâs just a lot of questions that havenât been answered and the family are really in limbo for the last two years. First of all, the trauma of losing their son and secondly not knowing exactly what went on,â she said.