“He Needed Help, Not Bullets”


This morning/afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Gloria Nkencho, sister of George Nkencho, speaks outside Leinster House as the Nkencho family and TDs call for a public investigation into the Garda killing of her brother during a stand off in Blanchardstown last month.

Ms Nkencho said:

“I never thought I would be standing here in these circumstances, addressing the public about such a tragedy that’s happened to my family.

“This is an unimaginable pain I do not wish upon anyone. The death of my brother has caused a vacuum in my home.

“My mother described it as a wound that will never heal. My family are forced to relive the trauma when we walk past his room, walk down the stairs and see where we stood when he was shot and killed.

“We see the bullet holes in our windows.  This shouldn’t have happened. George did not deserve to die. He needed help, not bullets. My brother was a person, not an animal.

“We need a full public, independent investigation into his death. We need truth and we need justice. We need the public to come together and demand what is right. This is not a time for us to be divided. A life was taken, a life that mattered and meant something. My brother is gone and will not be coming back.

“What we can do is to ensure that his death is not in vain, that it never happens to another family again and that the most vulnerable people in our society are given the care that they need.”

George Nkencho ‘needed help, not bullets’ says sister as she calls for full public inquiry into shooting (Ferghal Blaney, Irish Mirror)

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19 thoughts on ““He Needed Help, Not Bullets”

    1. curmudgeon

      The state always has hidden behind investigations, inquiries and tribunals and we all know the outcomes of those.

      Fupp that, outfit Armed Gardai with Bodycams already.

  1. dan

    He didn’t get the help he needed from anyone, including his own family who went to court to get him barred from the family home.

    “We need truth and we need justice”, I fear that selective justice is what is being requested here.

      1. wearnicehats

        At the time The Examiner reported that the family had obtained a protection order but that he continued to live at home but did not clarify further as to why

          1. ida

            Point is, he had a history of violence, hence the protection order.

            using or threatening the use of violence against, molesting or putting in fear, the applicant or a dependent person,

            Like I said, tragic case. The poor man didn’t get the help he needed…………but………he had a history of mental health issues which caused him to be violent

          2. Brother Barnabas

            “he had a history of violence”

            guards actually came out and made a point of saying he had no criminal record

  2. Kingfisher

    Enough gossip. The lad was killed when he was deep in a psychotic crisis. It could have happened in my family or yours. Enough of this. We have to find a way of dealing with mentally ill people in crisis that does not involve the Gardaí.

    1. SB

      OK, but hypothetically speaking, if you’re an armed Garda and someone with a machete is swinging it at your partner’s neck, your immediate task is save your colleague, not ask the offender to make an appointment to see someone.

    2. Junkface

      Its a tragic case. The guards had to act in the interest of safety, they tried many times to arrest him or detain him in a safe way, without deadly weapons, but could not.

      I think there needs to be a lot more money invested in Mental health treatments and doctors, especially after all of these lockdowns. We need huge investment.

    3. Hobson choice

      Imagine being a policeman dealing with people with knives guns etc
      And you do not draw a weapon on armed police

  3. Darren

    Yes kingfisher is so right to say that it could have happened in your family or mine. It is so fupping sad to see that the ‘it could happen to you or yours’ argument is not implicit as would be the norm where guards are responsible for the tragic death of a citizen outside his home. Its not just something that happens and for very good reason.

  4. Truth in the News

    He could have been easly dealth with, the use of such lethal force to kill him was
    unacceptable, a rubber bullet would have knocked him out, even a bean bag, who
    authorised the killing, is there a shoot to kill policy……we had this before in

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