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Costa killer's brother gets life for murder

Niamh O'Donoghue and Tom Brady

Published 09/11/2011 | 05:00

A man found guilty of a gangland murder yesterday is the brother of a Dubliner jailed in Spain after being convicted of a fatal shooting in a Costa del Sol bar.

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Keith Wilson (23), of Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, was found guilty by a jury who returned a unanimous verdict after less than three hours of deliberation yesterday.

He had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Daniel Gaynor at St Helena's Road in Finglas on August 14, 2010, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Both men were well known in gangland. Gaynor was the prime suspect for a shooting, which left innocent postman Robert Delany in a vegetative state, after he was hit in the head at his home at Russell Rise, Tallaght, in October 2008 as he looked out of an upstairs window.

Gaynor was thought to have been a hired gunman, brought in to shoot Delany after the postman broke up a row in a pub a few weeks earlier.

Gaynor had also been on a garda shortlist for a fatal stabbing in the capital.

Wilson's brother, Eric, is believed by gardai to be the prime suspect for at least three murders here and on the shortlist of suspects for a further two.

He was convicted at a court in Malaga in July of murdering British roofer Dan Smith in a bar after a row over a girl.

Shot

Meanwhile, the court heard yesterday that Daniel Gaynor died after he was shot in the neck while walking on St Helena's Road with his girlfriend and two children on the way to their aunt's house.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said he had no discretion in sentencing for the murder and handed down the mandatory life sentence.

He also handed down eight years for the firearms offence to run concurrently with the life sentence, backdating them to November last year.

The court heard Wilson had nine previous convictions, mostly for driving offences but also for damaging property and threatening and abusive behaviour.

A victim impact statement read to the court on behalf of the family said Mr Gaynor's two young sons, who witnessed the killing, are deeply traumatised and are now in counselling. His girlfriend Sarah Treacy is in regular contact with a counsellor, the court heard. It also heard his mother is inconsolable and his family would never be able to get over it.

It was the prosecution's case that Wilson was the gunman and that DNA evidence found on items retrieved near the scene linked him to the crime.

A gun was also found near the scene and was examined.

Dr Clara Sullivan of the Forensic Science Laboratory said the chance of someone having the same DNA was less than one in a billion.

Irish Independent

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