Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

12.17 21 Jun 2021


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The inquest into the death of George Nkencho has been opened and adjourned at the Dublin Coroner’s Court.

The 27-year-old black man was shot by gardaí multiple times outside his home in Clonee last December while allegedly brandishing a knife.

Today the inquest heard GSOC is carrying out an investigation into the shooting and haven’t interviewed any of the gardai yet who used force on the day.

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The investigation will take until at least the end of the year, and as a result the inquest was adjourned for six months.

George’s family said they understood.

However, they asked the Coroner to not only consider the specifics of George’s death - but the wider implications of a young black man dying at the hands of a white police officer.

Around 30 protestors gathered outside the coroner’s court as the inquest opened.

The Nkencho wants a public inquiry into George's death.

Speaking outside the inquest, George’s sister Grateful Nkencho said the family have many unanswered questions.

She said: "The shooting of any young person by gardaí is the gravest of matters in Ireland.

"This can never, ever happen again.

"All we want is a full investigation to bring out truth and justice."

Members of George Nkencho family which included sister Grateful with mum Blessing (in Orange) and dad Frank speaking to the media at the RDS before hearings at his Inquest. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

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