Gangland feud: Slain 'blood brothers' pictured with friend now living in fear
These are slain gangland ‘blood brothers’ John Gibson and Darragh Nugent posing with a young thug who is now considered a prime target of rival mobsters.
This exclusive photo shows the three criminals last year before the murderous feud claimed two of their lives in just seven days.
Gibson (28) and Nugent (36) were murdered within days of each other earlier this month. Their pal is now understood to be in fear of his life from one of Ireland’s most notorious drugs gangs.
The two murders in Tallaght and Clondalkin are the subject of massive garda investigations and officers have drawn up a special policing plan just to keep this third individual alive.
The gang suspected of murdering Nugent and Gibson are linked to the Kinahan cartel and are considered west Dublin’s biggest drug suppliers.
However, they got into conflict with jailed hitman James ‘Nellie’ Walsh five years ago.
The feud ignited when Nellie’s rivals then murdered an innocent man, leading to their leader being shot dead in a revenge attack five days later.
Jason ‘Jay’ Carroll (39) was fatally shot once in the face and twice in the arm at his home at Cherrywood Drive, Clondalkin, in August 2013.
It later emerged that gangsters close to Carroll had raised more than €100,000 to have Nellie shot dead.
In return, Nellie’s associates attempted to enlist five people to murder five of their rivals at the same time on the same night.
While this did not happen, Nellie’s intended targets are suspected of being behind this month’s shocking murder spree on the city’s westside.
One of these is a 36-year-old burly thug, who was arrested at Dublin Airport by gardai investigating a separate feud-related plot. He was later released without charge.
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has carried out a large number of raids against the mobster’s gang in the past year.
It is understood that a major claim in the civil courts when he was a youngster has helped the criminal to explain away some of his wealth.
It later emerged that he has major involvement with a top soccer team based in west Dublin.
Another mobster in the suspected murder gang is a convicted crack cocaine dealer who was one of one of 13 people arrested by gardai investigating the murder of Dean Johnson, who was shot dead in Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, in August 2013 – the first murder in a feud that has now claimed four lives.
Last October, the CAB seized around €1.2m in cash, jewellery and high-end cars from the mob in its drive against the organised crime gang.
Meanwhile, a massive garda investigation is continuing into Monday’s murder of John Gibson, who was popular in the local community despite his links to organised crime.
His local football club paid tribute to Gibson on social media: “It’s a sad day for the club today the passing of a gent, an adoring father taken so young.
“I think it’s safe to say John is a guy that once you have met him he puts a smile on your face always buzzing... we would like to remember the good times he had and would also like to send our deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.”
Also quick to go online with tributes was Gibson’s mate who is now under serious threat from the rival mob.
Gardai believe that he could be the next to be taken out in the bitter west Dublin drugs feud.
Meanwhile, armed gardai are continuing to patrol streets in the area in a bid to prevent more attacks.