Two men whose bodies were found in the burnt out shell of a car in Ravensdale forest earlier this year, had been shot in the head, an inquest was told in Dundalk last Friday.
It also heard that DNA tests were required to confirm the bodies were those of Anthony Burnett (31) and Joseph Redmond (25). The hearing was told that Burnett and Redmond, both with addresses in Ballybough, Dublin, had emerged early on in the investigation as possibly being the men in the car.
Detective Inspector Pat Marry told Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire that at 12.39am on the 8th March last he was told that two bodies were in a burnt out car in Ravensdale.
He explained that swabs were taken from the mothers of both men and DNA testing subsequently confirmed their identities. Inspector Marry formally asked for the inquest to be adjourned as “there is an investigation ongoing.” The Coroner said that post mortem examinations by State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber had concluded both men died from gunshot wounds to the head and that both bodies were found “completely charred with superimposed extensive thermal related skeletal fractures.”
He adjourned the inquests and asked the gardai to pass on his sympathies to the families.