Garda team extend probe into motive of gun murder
A 70-strong garda investigation team last night extended its search for clues to the motive behind the murder of Dublin criminal Sean Winters.
Officers said Winters (40), from the The Links apartment complex at Station Road, Portmarnock, had virtually fallen off their radar in recent years.
His relative inactivity has made it more difficult for investigators to unearth intelligence indicating why he was shot twice in the back of the head near his home on Sunday night.
But gardai are examining a number of lines of inquiry linked to the involvement of the Real IRA in gangland crime, rivalry between groups making profits from extortion and controlling security at pubs and clubs in the capital, and internal fighting among drug dealers.
Ten suspects were still being questioned last night as the investigation team gathered at Swords garda station for a conference on the progress achieved so far.
The conference was attended by officers from the Dublin north division, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Special Branch.
Six of the suspects, including four members of the same family and a 30-year-old dissident republican, who has served two jail sentences for his Real IRA activities in the past decade, were detained in a garda swoop on a house in Clarehall.
The other four were arrested when armed officers intercepted a car.
Winters had been lying low since two of his associates, David Lindsay and Alan Napper, both from Baldoyle, Co Dublin, disappeared in July 2008.
Winters was also regarded as a prime suspect for the death of Anthony Jenkinson, who was attacked with a hammer or wheelbrace in Raheny in 2001.