Sunday 24 September 2017

Lynch had long history of violence

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

JOHN Lynch was no stranger to violence and had been deeply affected by the killing of his brother in a gangland hit.

In custody at the time of the murder, Lynch was refused leave to attend the funeral of his 39-year-old brother, David.

John Lynch has a total of 17 previous convictions ranging from burglary and assault to firearms offences and spent a number of years in Castlerea Prison.

On one occasion he was found guilty of assaulting his sister's boyfriend, beating him with a piece of timber.

While serving a four-year prison term for an assault charge relating to a stabbing incident, his brother David was shot dead in their home town of Sligo in January 2008.

David was a violent armed robber with extensive underworld and drug-smuggling connections.

He was caught by gardai in June 1993 while robbing a bank in Longford.

John Lynch was finally released from prison in November 2009.

However, his rage issues remained and were exacerbated by his use of drugs.

Irish Independent

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