Monday 26 September 2016

Slain Andrew Guerrine praised as 'much loved father' as he is laid to rest

Published 05/06/2015 | 11:57

Andrew Guerrine
Andrew Guerrine

The funeral of a man stabbed to death in the laneway where newborn ‘Baby Maria’ was abandoned has taken place, with more than a hundred mourners gathering to play their respects.

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Known drug dealer and addict Andrew Guerrine (37) was laid to rest yesterday at the Church of Our Lady in Mount Carmel in Dublin, two weeks after he was found with his throat slashed on the same stretch of country road where a new born bady was abandoned last month.

Gardai are currently detaining a 37-year-old man in connection with the murder.

In a memorial post on Facebook, the family of Mr Guerrine described him as the “beloved son of Dolores and Paul and much loved father of Katie”.

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The statement said he was “sadly missed by his loving family, brother Paul, sisters Karen, Edel, and Donna, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.”

Mr Guerrine was a known criminal associate with one of Ireland’s most dangerous crime gang.

Sources told the Irish Independent that the 37-year-old was likely killed to prevent some form of deathbed confession.

Mr Guerrine only had months to live after a steady decline in his health in recent years from drug abuse.

He was suffering from a form of bodily decay that is common in intravenous drug users who have infections from dirty needles or drugs contaminated with bacteria.

He was in the advanced stages of illness and had been told he had not long to live, sources said.

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The gang responsible for much of the supply of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ecstasy to Dublin, and much of the rest of the country, is believed to have ordered his murder.

The group is believed to be responsible for between a quarter and a third of the gangland killings in Dublin in recent years.

Mr Guerrine's body was found in the exact location where Baby Maria was discovered abandoned on May 8.

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The newborn was found wrapped up in a fleece blanket and placed in a shopping bag.

Despite several appeals, her parents have not made contact with Tusla, the child and family agency and she is now in care.

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