A MAN murdered in Mid-Louth last year died after being shot in the chest, an inquest has been told.
Stephen Hanaphy (20), also known as Stephen Lyndon, collapsed and died after being shot outside a house in the Sliabh Breagh estate in Ardee on October 30 last.
The body of Mr Hanaphy, from Cromcastle Court, Coolock, Dublin, was not found for a number of hours.
The Garda investigation into the murder is continuing.
Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire was told that when the investigation file is complete, it will be forwarded to the DPP.
Mr Hanaphy’s body was found on a green area at the front of the estate in the early hours of October 30 last year.
Gardai had been called to the house at Sliabh Breah before midnight on Friday October 29. At that time there was no evidence of any shooting.
Mr Hanaphy was pronounced dead at the scene by a GP, who arrived at around 6.30am.
Mr Hanaphy’s body was identified by his father, Stephen Lyndon, at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown in Dublin.
A post mortem was carried out by state pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber, who concluded Mr Hanaphy died from acute haemorrhagic hypovolaemic shock due to a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest.
Mr Maguire adjourned the inquest.
Gardaí believe Mr Hanaphy was part of a four-man gang from Dublin who went to Ardee to take part in an attack on two men who lived in the house in Sliabh Breagh.
The gang was met with gunfire and the body of the dead man was found some 300 metres from the house.
A baseball bat found beside the body is believed to have been brought to the house, along with a number of iron bars, by the Dublin gang.
Gardaí do not believe the gang had guns with them.