Saturday 19 August 2017

Gardaí in second Hutch raid as gang feud tensions escalate

Keogh is thought to have been murdered by ‘very close members of the Hutch family’ in the first killing carried out by the Hutch side since February last year
Keogh is thought to have been murdered by ‘very close members of the Hutch family’ in the first killing carried out by the Hutch side since February last year

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

Gardaí investigating the murder of Michael Keogh have raided a home linked to a suspect in the killing of Michael Devoy.

The search comes as tensions remain high in Dublin's northside following the shooting of Keogh (37), the latest murder linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud.

Keogh's body was found by a caretaker in the underground car park of the Sheridan Court complex, where he lived, on Wednesday.

It is suspected Keogh was murdered because one of his closest associates was involved in the feud murder of Gareth Hutch on May 24 last year.

Gardaí fear further attacks amid reports that a key Kinahan gang member has been the target of menacing graffiti around Sheriff Street.

Thursday's raid at the home of the Devoy suspect, who is in his mid-20s, happened around the time that a property linked to an armed robber was searched in a separate operation by officers probing the Keogh murder.

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No arrests were made in either raid.

It is understood the Devoy suspect was not at home.

According to sources, he is considered "one of the most accurate gunmen" in Dublin and is understood to have links to both the Hutch and Kinahan factions.

The massive Garda inquiry into Keogh's murder is continuing this weekend.

However, detectives are also trying to keep a lid on the tensions - with at least two incidents of threatening graffiti reported in separate areas of the inner city.

The Devoy suspect whose home was raided this week has been arrested twice by gardaí from Tallaght investigating the 2014 murder of the 41-year-old.

He was killed shortly after being released from Portlaoise Prison.

His body was discovered on the roadside in Bohernabreena, Co Dublin, on January 18 that year.

A senior source told the Irish Independent the suspect is linked to a number of criminal gangs.

The source added: "He is involved in extortion, debt collection and is associated with Provos in the north inner city."

Father-of-two Keogh had just started a job in construction.

While he was not considered a major criminal, he was said to have links to the so-called New INLA faction which has aligned itself with the Kinahan cartel.

He wrote on Facebook on Tuesday morning: "New job new start, hopefully all goes well."

Gardaí believe that members of the Hutch gang were keeping tabs on him through the social media site in the days before his murder.

Irish Independent

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