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Friday 19 September 2014

Man shot through legs and left bleeding on street identified as Nicholas Duffy

Published 06/03/2014 | 18:10

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Nicholas Duffy
Nicholas Duffy
06/03/14 Gardai and Crime Scene Investigation Unit members at the scene on Kilshane Road, Finglas where a man in his 40s was shot in both knees and ankles last night ...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai and Crime Scene Investigation Unit members at the scene on Kilshane Road, Finglas

THIS is the man shot four times in front of terrified children on a Dublin street.

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Nicholas Duffy (44) was left bleeding with agonising wounds to his legs after being shot in both knees and both ankles after being abducted at around 7pm in Finglas.

Gardai are currently investigating the motive for the vicious attack. Witnesses say that Mr Duffy was found bleeding on a small grassy area at Kilshane Road after a black BMW and a 4x4 vehicle were seen speeding from the scene.

“There were kids out on the street that saw the whole thing. Some of them were crying with the shock of it afterwards,” a local man told The Herald.

The victim of last night’s brutal shooting was recently awarded €12.5K damages for an incident where he was bitten in the face.

Another local man said he heard a commotion and when he came out neighbours had called the emergency services.

“The guy was just lying on the ground, I'm told he was bleeding badly,” the man told the Herald.

“I heard five or six popping sounds just before 9pm but I wouldn't go out,” said one man who lives near the scene of the attack,” he added.

The incident was believed to have started when Mr Duffy was abducted in north Dublin at around 7pm.

He was held captive for more than two hours before being driven to Finglas and shot at close range four times.

The scene remained sealed off today pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau. A large white plastic sheet covered the immediate area where Duffy was found.

He was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was in a serious condition. Although his injuries are extensive they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The BMW car driven by the gunmen was seen speeding away from the scene along with a 4x4 vehicle that might be connected to the shooting.

Kickboxing enthusiast Mr Duffy - who is understood to be a father of two - is a builder who owned a business called Elegant Homes based on Dorset Street.

He was the director of two construction companies that were dissolved in 2005.

Mr Duffy is understood to be friendly with gangland brothers Wayne Bradley and Alan “Fatpuss” Bradley.

Last year, he was awarded €12,500 in damages after he sued a man that bit him during an altercation outside a pub.

ALTERCATION

The incident happened in 2010, when he was out with work colleagues at McGowans pub, Phibsboro.

An altercation occurred after one of his friends bumped inadvertently into army medic Derek Farrell, who had become aggressive and abusive.

A court heard how Mr Duffy tried to calm down Farrell and one of his friends, but how Farrell lashed out at him and bit him on his left cheek.

He sued Farrell and was awarded the damages last July.

Gardai are asking anyone with any information about the incident to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500.

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

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