Memorial day for murdered Irish jeweller


By staff reporter

The local council in Hastings, Melbourne has said it will be honouring murdered jeweller Dermot O’Toole with a special Green Day.

A laneway near where Dermot had his jeweller’s shop will also be named O’Toole Walk in his memory.

Mr O’Toole, 64, was stabbed in his shop on July 12 last year during an attempted robbery and died later of his injuries.

The Green Day will take place on July 12, exactly a year after the father-of-three’s tragic death.

The Dubliner had successfully run his store for 26 years and was a man respected by the local community and fellow traders.

“We encourage the community and businesses to decorate their shops on Saturday July 12th, wear green and come down to the naming of the laneway at 52 High Street Hastings,” the Council said.

A Melbourne man, Gavin Perry, has pleaded guilty to his murder and is due to be sentenced next month. Mr Perry was on parole at the time of the attack.

Mr O’Toole’s widow Bridget delivered a victim impact statement to Melbourne’s Supreme Court last week in which she said that her husband’s violent death had “utterly devastated my life and that of my family


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