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Sunday 31 August 2014

Chief suspects in seven murders flee to Libya

Ken Foy Crime correspondent

Published 05/03/2014 | 08:39

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Scene where Glen Murphy and Mark Noonan were shot dead outside Tesco Clearwater

TWO Dublin brothers suspected of seven murders have fled the country.

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Gardai are tracking the men, nicknamed the Taliban, with the help of Interpol after they are believed to have escaped to Libya.

The brothers, who have close ties to the north African country, are wanted for questioning in relation to a spate of gun killings here – including the double murder of cousins Glen         Murphy and Mark Noonan in 2010.

Gardai have spent years monitoring the activities of the suspected hitmen.

The brothers grew up in the Coolock area and were heavily involved in organised burglaries and armed robberies even when they were just teenagers.

The feared siblings then progressed onto contract killings and became the main hitmen for the ‘Mr Big’ crime organisation.

It is understood that the brothers fled to Libya in recent months after the organised crime gang that they were involved with imploded.

Several members of this gang have already been charged with serious offences and others have fled the country.

The gang organised and carried out the murder of Real IRA terror chief Alan Ryan in September, 2012 — however, the brothers are not suspected of being directly involved in that hit.

They are the chief suspects in two gruesome double murders including the savage slayings of Ballybough men Joseph Redmond (25) and Anthony Burnett (31). The two Dublin men who were shot and burned in a forest near Dundalk, Co Louth in March, 2012.

An adjourned inquest into the two men’s deaths heard that they both died from gunshot wounds to the head and that both bodies were found “completely charred with superimposed extensive thermal-related skeletal fractures.”

The brothers are also prime suspects for another high-profile double murder. Cousins Glen Murphy (19) from O’Devaney Gardens and Mark Noonan (23) from Drumalee — both in the north inner city — were shot dead outside a Tesco Express service station at the Clearwater shopping centre in Finglas in November, 2010.

Gardai are satisfied that the cousins were victims of mistaken identity — shot dead as part of a Coolock drugs feud that they had no involvement in.

Neither of the victims had any involvement in gangland crime but were shot dead when a “non-sophisticated” tracking device was mistakenly put on a Toyota Avensis car owned

by Mark Noonan, instead of a

car belonging to a major rival of the gang.

After the double murder, gardai found the device concealed in the rear of the Avensis and believe it had been planted there on behalf of the major northside criminal who had ordered a hit.

An adjourned inquest into the cousins’ murders heard last August that an “extensive investigation” into the double murder was taking place.

The notorious brothers are also the chief suspects for the murder of small time criminal James Perdue (22) who was shot dead in Donaghmede in June, 2006.

They are also believed to have some involvement in the slayings of innocent men Warren O' Connor (24) who was stabbed to death in January, 2010 and Keith Fitzsimons (23) who was gunned down in June, 2006.

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