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Friday 28 October 2016

13-year-old boy is questioned by gardaí about murder of man

Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30

The arrest came as part of an investigation into the murder of a 22-year-old
The arrest came as part of an investigation into the murder of a 22-year-old

Gardai have questioned a 13-year-old boy about a gang-linked fatal shooting at the weekend.

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The youth was arrested on Saturday afternoon - less than 24 hours after the murder of 22-year-old Jason Doogue, who had been sitting on a wall near his friend's home at Greenhills in Athy, Co Kildare.

He is believed to have been arrested for questioning about a possible peripheral role in the murder, such as acting as a look-out for the killers.

The youth was detained at Leixlip Garda Station under section 50 of the anti-gangland Criminal Justice Act, 2007, which allows gardaí to hold him without charge for up to seven days.

But the boy, who is also from Athy, was released without charge on Monday night.

Meanwhile, detectives are continuing to question a prime suspect, a man in his 40s, who was arrested about an hour after the murder on Friday evening. He is being held at Kildare station.

A 17-year-old youth, also arrested on Saturday, remains in custody at Naas station, while a woman in her 30s, believed to be closely associated with the prime suspect, was arrested in Athy on Monday afternoon and taken for questioning to Newbridge station.

During a series of searches in the Athy area on Monday and again yesterday, gardai seized a number of items they think could be of significance to their inquiries.

The items were taken away for forensic examination.

Gardai also seized three bicycles for forensic analysis.

Eyewitnesses told gardaí that the gunman, who had covered his face, made his getaway after the shooting on a BMX bicycle.

The gunman opened fire at close range with a handgun and initially shot Mr Doogue once in the upper body.

Mr Doogue collapsed and fell over the wall where he had been sitting.

The gunman then leant in over the wall and fired a further two shots at his target before fleeing.

Irish Independent

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