Phone taps point to prolific record as murderer for hire
Published 15/07/2011 | 05:00
ERIC Wilson is the prime suspect for a series of other killings. The Dubliner is believed by gardai to have been the hitman in at least three other murders and is on the shortlist of suspects for two more.
There are also suspicions that he was responsible for the murder in Spain of a Dublin criminal, who fled Ireland after a fatal double shooting in the centre of the capital.
Documents based on phone calls intercepted by Spanish police investigating unrelated drug-trafficking allegations and leaked to the press yesterday portray Wilson as one of Ireland's most prolific killers.
Two criminals, whose phone conversations were recorded by police, claimed that Wilson was responsible for five murders in Dublin, three or four in Drogheda and two elsewhere.
One criminal is quoted as saying that Wilson was the main suspect for 10 murders but "the police don't have any proof".
Wilson is under investigation as the prime suspect for the murder of Drogheda drug dealer Paul Reay in November 2006, on the orders of then gangland boss, Martin "Marlo" Hyland, and for the fatal shooting of Roy Coddington, whose body was found in nearby Mornington beach in March 2007.
Gardai have also been investigating a gangland tip-off that Wilson murdered David Lindsay and Alan Napper, both from Baldoyle, who disappeared in July 2008.
But officers said last night there was no firm evidence to back up the theory that Wilson was involved in that incident.
He has also been linked in intelligence in the murder in Spain of a Dublin criminal, who disappeared shortly after the murders of Michael "Roly" Cronin and James Maloney in Summerhill in the north inner city in January 2009.