Monday 29 December 2014

Gang member Christopher 'Git' Zambra died from internal injuries from shooting

Gareth Naughton

Published 21/08/2014 | 13:25

Christopher 'Git' Zambra
Christopher 'Git' Zambra

Gangster Christopher Zambra died from internal injuries after he was shot in the chest, his inquest has heard.

Zambra (39) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12 was gunned down in broad daylight on the afternoon of May 4 this year.

He was ambushed on Cooley Road in Drimnagh as he drove to visit a family member.

The gunmen continued to fire on him as he attempted to make his escape before he collapsed outside a house and died.

At Dublin Coroner’s Court, the opening of the inquest into his death heard that Zambra’s body was identified by his sister Sharon Farrington at the Dublin City Mortuary in Marino on the day after his death.

The post-mortem was carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster later that day. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell warned the family that the cause of death was “very upsetting”.

In her preliminary report, Dr Bolster says that Zambra died as a result of “internal injuries due to gunshot wounds to the chest”, he said. 

Requesting an adjournment, Detective Inspector Liam Kelly told the coroner that the death is still under investigation at the moment.

Dr Farrell granted a six month adjournment with the inquest due for further mention on February 26 next year.

Zambra was a suspected killer and drug dealer.

He was acquitted in June last year of the February 2009 murder of drugs trafficker John Carroll who was shot dead at a pub in the Coombe.

Zambra's killing is believed to be part of the same feud with dissident republicans that has claimed the lives of a number of people including Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

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