Shooting victim was killed over stolen cannabis
Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30
THE killer of the latest gangland victim spent weeks plotting the murder which was organised after the victim stole a haul of cannabis herb.
An investigation into the shooting of Paul Gallagher (pictured) is continuing as sources say that gardai are focusing on a former close associate of the 26-year-old who believed that the victim, known as 'Ralph', had ripped him off earlier this year during a violent incident.
The chief suspect, from the northside of Dublin, is in his early 20s and is known for violent crime and has a number of previous convictions.
He was one of the main participants in the feud with Alan Ryan's Real IRA faction which led to Ryan's murder by the mob in September, 2012.
Gallagher (26) who was facing serious drugs charges was lured to his death in a Co Meath field in the early hours of Tuesday morning and shot at least three times in the upper body.
Gallagher's body was found in farmland at Ballymacon, Co Meath at 5pm on Wednesday.
"This was a very well planned murder, 'Ralph' was lured to that field on the pretence that he was to meet fellas to discuss a job," a source said.
"Contact had been made with him a week before the murder – this was very deliberate."
The murder has intensified garda pressure on the drugs gang who Gallagher (above) was formerly a trusted member before his behaviour led him to be isolated from the mob.
Last night, detectives were seeking to speak to the young man who drove Gallagher from his Donaghmede home to Co Meath on Monday night.
Sources say that this young man is not involved in crime and had no idea that his pal was going to be murdered.
It is understood that he sped from the scene in panic after he heard three gun shots shortly after the victim got out of the car at the rural location on the Meath Louth border.