Monday 25 September 2017

Man held over bomb mule killing

Gardai searching the scene in Athy, Co Kildare, near where 56-year-old Larry Keane was killed last week
Gardai searching the scene in Athy, Co Kildare, near where 56-year-old Larry Keane was killed last week

Detectives investigating the murder of an ex-soldier turned bomb mule have arrested a man.

The 47-year-old suspect is being questioned about the killing of Larry Keane, who was found lying in a huge pool of blood on a walkway near a housing estate in Athy, Co Kildare, a week ago.

The man was arrested in the Athy area on Thursday morning and is being held at Kildare Garda station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Mr Keane, 56, was found semi-conscious after suffering a severe blow to the back of his head on the walkway between St John's Lane and Greenhills shortly before midnight last Thursday. He died later in Naas General Hospital from his injuries.

The one-time Irish soldier, and father-of-six, had served time in jail for trying to smuggle an explosive twice the size of the Omagh bomb into the UK in 1998.

He lived near the scene of his murder and was well known around the town where he was regularly seen walking with a stick.

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