Saturday 29 November 2014

Gardai pinpoint last movements of gun victim (26)

Ken Foy

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Gardai at the scene of the discovery of Paul ‘Ralph’ Gallagher’s body  at Ballymacan, Co Meath
Gardai at the scene of the discovery of Paul ‘Ralph’ Gallagher’s body at Ballymacan, Co Meath
Gardai at the scene of the discovery of Paul ‘Ralph’ Gallagher’s body at Ballymacan, Co Meath
Paul 'Ralph' Gallagher

GARDAI have painstakingly pinpointed the last movements of a young father-of-one found dead on farmland.

Paul 'Ralph' Gallagher (26) may have been set up by people he trusted when he was lured to his death in a Co Meath field in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was shot at least three times in the chest in a drugs- related gangland murder.

Gallagher's body was found in open farmland at Ballymacan, Co Meath, at 5pm on Wednesday.

Gardai have established that he travelled north on Monday night from Donaghmede, Dublin, in a red 01 LH Volkswagen Golf along the M1 and took the Slane exit.

He was last seen in Donaghmede at 10.30pm on Monday, wearing a navy tracksuit top, grey tracksuit-bottoms and white runners with a navy stripe.

It has emerged that 'Ralph' was on bail and was due to face trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court next year on 12 charges of possession of cocaine, heroin and cannabis for sale or supply.

He had served a number of short jail sentences including a stretch from October 2011, to August 2012, for a large number of minor criminal offences.

'Ralph' was arrested and questioned in February of last year about the murder of Alan Ryan in September 2012 but was not considered a suspect.

Irish Independent

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