Words: Emily Mullen
The inquest has been adjourned due to an ongoing investigation by the Garda Ombudsman Commission
An inquest into the death of George Nkencho was adjourned today, due to an ongoing Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission investigation.
A small crowd gathered outside coroner’s court in Dublin’s RDS concert hall in Ballsbridge to support Nkencho’s family as the inquest into the death was formally opened today.
The inquest has been adjourned until 14 December as the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission investigation is still ongoing. A report on the investigation is due to be published later this year.
Inquests are adjourned until any related investigations are completed.
The 27-year-old was shot dead by gardaí outside his home in Clonee, on December 30 2020. Nkencho was shot several times by Garda in the porch of his home, while allegedly brandishing a knife. He had been suffering from mental health issues at that time.
Nkencho’s family have made repeated calls for an independent inquiry into Mr Nkencho’s death and highlighted concerns about GSOC. Speaking ahead of the inquest, TD Brid Smith echoed calls from the Nkencho’s family and made fresh calls for an independent inquiry into the death.
A number of organisations are expected to attend today’s demonstration including the Justice for George Nkencho Coalition, Youth Against Racism and Inequality and United Against Racism.
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