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Wednesday 26 July 2017

'He was the greatest young fella... I'm in bits' - Father of mistaken identity murder victim Trevor O'Neill speaks out

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Gun murder victim Trevor O’Neill
MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Gun murder victim Trevor O’Neill

Tomás Heneghan

The father of a man who was killed in a mistaken identity shooting has labelled the incident as a "senseless killing".

In an interview with the Sunday World, Vinnie O’Neill, father of Trevor O’Neill who was killed in Majorca last Wednesday, said he had lost his last living son and was 'in bits' about the murder.

Vinnie O’Neill told the newspaper: “The only consolation I have is that if there’s a heaven, he’s gone up to it.”

Trevor O’Neill was shot down at the Spanish island resort while on holiday with his partner Suzanne and their three children.

A Dublin flag and floral tributes hang on the gate outside the Dublin home of Trevor O'Neill
A Dublin flag and floral tributes hang on the gate outside the Dublin home of Trevor O'Neill

Gardaí have said they believe the shooting was an incident of mistaken identity in the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan criminal gangs.

Vinnie O’Neill said he did not want to send a message out to the people responsible for Trevor’s death.

“I’d be too afraid with them that there’d be recriminations on the family,” Vinnie explained.

The bereaved father said of his son, who was a Dublin City Council worker: “All Trevor was into was work and the kids, that was his life.”

Trevor O'Neill, inset, emergency services at the scene of the shooting in Costa de la Calma. Photo: Solarpix
Trevor O'Neill, inset, emergency services at the scene of the shooting in Costa de la Calma. Photo: Solarpix

“He was the greatest young fella, and not because he was my son, he was the greatest young fella that god ever gave breath to.

“He was just a super human being and all I can be thankful for is 40 years of him,” Vinnie added.

A relative had told Vinnie of his son’s death and he said the gardaí had assured him since then that the murder was “definitely misidentification.”

He added: “Trevor wouldn’t know any of those people.”

The shooting victim is believed to have been walking with Jonathan Hutch, who is not a criminal, at the time of the incident.

Following the fatal attack, Hutch, who is a relative of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, reportedly told Spanish authorities he believed he was the intended target due to his surname.

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