Saturday 1 October 2016

Murder victim discovered on rural road identified as Dublin man

Published 24/05/2015 | 02:30

GRIM FINDING: Gardai at Steelstown Lane, where the body of a man was discovered yesterday, in the same spot where a baby was found nearly two weeks ago
GRIM FINDING: Gardai at Steelstown Lane, where the body of a man was discovered yesterday, in the same spot where a baby was found nearly two weeks ago

The absence of any CCTV cameras around the area where baby Maria was found earlier this month - a factor highlighted by gardai investigating the abandonment of the infant girl - may have prompted a drugs gang to use the same spot to dump a murder victim found yesterday morning.

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Gardai said there is no known connection between yesterday's grim finding and the discovery of the newborn girl on May 8.

The body of Andrew Guerrine was found in the same gateway on Steelstown Lane, off Junction 5 on the N7 motorway in the early hours yesterday.

Mr Guerrine had an address at Crumlin, Dublin. A murder investigation has now commenced.

Post-mortem details are not being released for operational reasons, but gardaí can confirm that Andrew Guerrine died in violent circumstances and a murder investigation has commenced.

Gardai received a call at 2.50am and at first it was believed the deceased may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. However, preliminary examination of the body showed he had suffered multiple stab wounds.

It is believed Mr Guerrine may have been murdered by members of a drug gang for what a garda source described as "the usual reason - money." It was thought he may have owed a debt to members of one of the south city drug gangs who also have members living in the west County Dublin and Kildare area.

Gardai were at first perplexed at the discovery of the body in the exact spot where baby Maria was found and are still, officially, not ruling out a link.

However, detectives believe that the drugs gang suspected of yesterday's murder may have taken notice of media reports surrounding the discovery of the baby which mentioned the fact that there is an absence of CCTV in and around Junction 5 and Steelstown.

The Steelstown turn-off from the motorway is one of the first places along the N7 out of Dublin where there is no CCTV coverage at all. From Junction 5, Steelstown Lane leads uphill through agricultural land towards Beech Park Golf Club and the hill at Slievethoul.

The gateway where the body and baby were left leads on to arable farmland.

Andrew Guerrine was related to Darren Guerrine (21) who was shot dead in February 2008 by a south Dublin drugs gang, posing at the time as 'dissident' republicans and terming themselves the 'Real' IRA.

The gateway at Steelstown was sealed off for the second time in three weeks yesterday as garda forensic officers carried out a detailed examination. The indications were that the victim was murdered elsewhere, probably in Dublin, and the body dumped where it was found.

Anyone with information should contact Clondalkin Garda Station on (01) 666-7600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Sunday Independent

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