Monday 24 July 2017

Lorcan O'Reilly's killer linked to the brutal Kinahan crime cartel

Mob carried out a campaign of intimidation warning witnesses they would 'get a bullet in the head'

Lorcan O'Reilly
Lorcan O'Reilly

Ken Foy

The killer of innocent Lorcan O'Reilly is linked to the brutal Kinahan mob, Independent.ie can reveal.

Senior members of the Kinahan cartel were involved in a brutal campaign of intimidation targeting witnesses to the fatal stabbing of Lorcan at the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin, during the early hours of November 1, 2015.

The 16-year-old Dublin teenager is classified as a "foot-soldier" in the deadly cartel and has been on the radar of garda detectives since his primary school days.

Boasted

His jailed father is considered a key member of the Kinahan cartel. The then 14-year-old boasted about who his dad was before he brutally stabbed Lorcan to death.

A number of witnesses to the killing were given detailed security advice by gardai and others had to move away from their south inner city homes because of the threats.

Parents of the late Lorcan O’Reilly, Paddy Rooney, right, and Jenny O’Reilly, centre, leaving court after speaking to the media. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Parents of the late Lorcan O’Reilly, Paddy Rooney, right, and Jenny O’Reilly, centre, leaving court after speaking to the media. Photo: Caroline Quinn

In June, it emerged that potential witnesses had been warned they would "get a bullet in the head" if they testified against the teenager.

Gardai said at the time they were aware of the "constant threats" that had been issued in a number of south inner city pubs over the previous weeks and detectives "monitored the situation".

Detectives from Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda Stations investigated the sinister death threats, but no-one made an official statement against the Kinahan-linked gangsters who carried out the campaign of terror.

The violent teenager was quickly identified as the chief suspect in the case.

However, he became a figure of hate to some associates of tragic Lorcan and was hospitalised after being given a severe beating in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2016.

Fled

A number of youths attacked the then 15-year-old in Dublin's south inner city shortly after 4am on New Year's Day, and the teenager suffered a number of serious kicks and punches to the head.

He was taken to St James's Hospital where he was treated for a number of hours before being discharged.

Just hours after that, the youth fled Ireland in the company of a gangster to Germany. He also travelled to the Netherlands for a period before returning home.

He was arrested and charged by gardai a number of weeks after returning home.

He had previously presented himself for questioning at Kevin Street Garda Station with his two grandmothers a number of days after the stab attack.

However, officers declined to take a statement from the teenager, as they intended to collect more evidence before questioning him about the murder.

Detectives were hoping for more evidence to build a stronger case.

The now 16-year-old male was not suspected of personally issuing the threats to witnesses and he was the subject of careful garda monitoring and strict bail conditions after being charged with the murder in April.

The teen stayed silent as Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy yesterday handed him a six-year sentence for the killing.

His sentence will begin at Oberstown detention centre in north county Dublin and the final 18 months will be suspended for two years, under conditions.

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