Thursday 23 February 2017

'Other choices he made were not the best' - priest tells mourners murder victim 'Daithi' Douglas made a bad decision that resulted in his death

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The coffin is carried from the Church of the Precious Blood in Cabra after the funeral of David Douglas.
The coffin is carried from the Church of the Precious Blood in Cabra after the funeral of David Douglas.
Mourners outside the church of the Precious Blood in Cabra after the funeral of David Douglas.
Yumei Doulas, right, and family members follow as the coffin is carried from the Church of the Precious Blood in Cabra after the funeral of her husband David Douglas.
Victim David Douglas
LAWLESS STREETS: Gardai outside the Shoestown shop on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, where David Douglas was shot dead. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A priest has told mourners at the funeral of murder victim David ‘Daithi’ Douglas that a bad decision he made in his life resulted in his death.

The convicted drug dealer was gunned down outside his wife Yumei’s shop on Bridgefoot Street, in Dublin’s south inner city, just over a week ago.

His funeral Mass took place this morning at the Church of the Most Previous Blood in Cabra.

Canon Damian O’Reilly said Douglas was “born into a loving family” 55 years ago.

“Daithi, like most of us, lived life his way. Some choices he made were very good choices, especially his decision to marry Yumei and having the wonderful gift of his daughter.

“Other choices he made in his early life were not the best choices for his life,” Fr O’Reilly said.

“We come today to lay David to rest we silently smile as we recall his happy moments in his life and we reflect on some of the bad decisions he made, which resulted in the torments that life had inflicted on him resulting in his tragic death,” he added.

Douglas previously avoided an attack on his life last November when he was seriously injured by a gunman linked to the Kinahan drug cartel.

He was eventually killed on July 1, with the Kinahan cartel again suspected of targeting him.

His grief-stricken widow revealed the couple’s 14-year-old daughter was just yards away when her father was shot dead.

“She didn’t see anything… but she called 999 when she heard people screaming outside.

“People said those killers are just animals, they’re evil,” she said.

Douglas was linked to the Provisional IRA in the 1980s and took part in a post office robbery in Tallaght during which he fired a rifle at a garda.

He received a 12-year sentence for attempted murder.

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