Sunday 25 September 2016

Killer dragged from house fire as shotgun rounds found in bag

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

The scene of a house fire in Clonuff, Broadford, Co Kildare in which two people were injured. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The scene of a house fire in Clonuff, Broadford, Co Kildare in which two people were injured. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A convicted killer was dragged from a house fire in Kildare and promptly arrested in relation to a discovery of ammunition which may have been linked to an earlier shooting in Meath.

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Stephen Penrose (34), who has just completed a jail term for manslaughter, was being questioned at Leixlip Garda Station last night after a night of mayhem which began in Dunboyne, Co Meath at the weekend.

Gardaí are investigating if Penrose was the gunman responsible for an attack at 11.30pm on Sunday in which two homes in the Woodview Heights estate, Dunboyne, were shot at.

Gardaí, who were given details of a car that was seen fleeing the scene, later observed this car as they responded to a house fire in Clonuff, Broadford, Co Kildare, at 12.45am yesterday.

Penrose and a female associate of his suffered smoke inhalation in the fire.

After spotting the car that was allegedly used in the earlier gun attack, officers searched a bag which Penrose had in his possession which contained a number of rounds of ammunition. Penrose and the woman were brought to hospital. However after being discharged they were immediately arrested.

Irish Independent

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