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Friday 25 April 2014

Human skull of murdered drug dealer Christy Gaffney found

Christopher Gaffney, 37 had been due to stand trial
Christopher Gaffney, 37 had been due to stand trial

A human skull, believed to belong to gangland murder victim Christy Gaffney, has been located in co Meath.

Gardai have discovered the skull close to the area where other body parts of the murdered drug dealer were found in Clonee, co Meath.

The latest find was made by gardai late yesterday.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardai investigating in relation to the discovery of human remains in November have discovered a further body part yesterday evening in Clonee."

The skull has been removed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for tests.

A formal identification is not expected until DNA analysis has been completed.

One of the feet of the murdered man remain missing as officers continue to build a case against the 37-year-old's killers.

Gardai believe that the 37 year old's body was cut up in the bath of a suburban home.

Detectives are satisfied they have identified the house where the drug dealer was carved up after examining at least half a dozen bath tubs.

Gaffney was stabbed to death almost two months ago.

Gardai have been working in the theory that the criminal whose mutilated body parts were found in a field in Clonee, Co Meath, was murdered because he was selling heroin to the sister of two west Dublin drug dealers.

It is understood that he was murdered around a month before his arm was found by pheasant hunters.

Detectives investigating the shocking murder are now satisfied that he was murdered in a property in the Blakestown area.

Two brothers from the area are being investigated for the murder - both are mid level drug dealers.

Detectives think it “is highly unlikely” that Gaffney was murdered for his role in the 2010 murder of a young man.

Gaffney was previously arrested by detectives probing the murder of a young man whose body was dumped in a field - but he was not charged in relation to the crime.

Gardai believe that while Gaffney did not kill the young man, he played a major part in disposing of his body.

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