Thursday 29 September 2016

Gardai make renewed appeal over young man gunned down as he sat in car five years ago

Published 25/01/2016 | 12:31

Dean Johnston
Dean Johnston
Mourners at the funeral of Dean Johnson
(Left to right) D/Sgt Sean Cosgrove. Supt Dermot Mann. D/Insp Richard McDonnell at media briefing in Garda HQ

Gardai investigating the 2011 gun-murder of Dean Johnston have followed over 500 lines of inquiry and made nine arrests as they continue to probe the killing of the “happy-go-lucky” young man.

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Dean Johnston (21) was gunned down as he sat in the backseat of a vehicle in the Moorefield estate, Clondalkin west Dublin on the evening of 25 May 2011.

(Left to right) D/Sgt Sean Cosgrove. Supt Dermot Mann. D/Insp Richard McDonnell at media briefing in Garda HQ
(Left to right) D/Sgt Sean Cosgrove. Supt Dermot Mann. D/Insp Richard McDonnell at media briefing in Garda HQ

Inquiries as part of the murder investigation have established that the victim, who was described by senior gardai as “ordinary happy go lucky young man”, was shot dead as the result of a “small personnel dispute” rather than a gangland matter.

So far nine men and women have been arrested in relation to the murder. Three of these were arrested as potential suspects while another six were detained for withholding information.

The investigation team working out of Lucan Garda Station have also conducted over 400 interviews and have 300 exhibits as a result of their extensive work examining the murder.

Superintendent Dermot Mann today made an appeal for anyone with information relating to the murder of Dean Johnston to come forward and assist detectives with their inquiries.

“The gunman we believe left the scene on foot in the direction of Moorefield drive. We still haven’t located the weapon used in the incident. Prior to the murder Dean Johnston we weren’t aware that he was in conflict with anybody but subsequent to it and as a result of our investigation we have uncovered he was involved in a dispute locally over a small incident. It certainly wasn’t a gangland murder,” Supt Mann said.

“I believe that the investigation team have done a very good job in taking it as far as we can. However I believe there is more information out there that is available to us. What we are appealing for in the cold light of day five years after the incident that people would reflect on it and maybe that people would revisit…my appeal is also for people who may not have already come forward to contact us,” Supt Mann added.

Anybody with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

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