Victim a member of crime gang
Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00
DUBLIN'S latest murder victim was a member of a notorious crime gang operating on the northside.
Sean Winters did not have a long string of previous convictions but he was described as a significant player. Associates regarded Winters as a "fixer", with a wide range of contacts on the streets.
A key member of the gang up to two years ago was David Lindsay, of Seacliff Drive, Baldoyle. Lindsay had been heavily involved in drug trafficking since the 1990s.
In 1994, he was arrested when he was a passenger in a car being used to ferry cannabis worth almost £500,000 (€635,000).
He faced trial in Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court in 1996 but the charges were dropped. The driver of the car pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years.
He became a key gangland figure but in July 2008 Lindsay (38) and another gang member, Alan Napper (39), also from Baldoyle, disappeared. They were on their way across the border to collect money owed by criminals in the North but were believed to have been set up by an associate.
An investigation indicated the two were murdered in a house in Rathfriland, Co Down. Bloodstains were matched to Lindsay.
The gang began to split after their disappearance but several members were involved in violent incidents in the following year.
One man was shot in the leg in north Co Dublin in January last year, while in March 2009 David 'Fred" Lynch was shot dead in Coolock, followed by a 'hit' on John 'BJ' Clarke in Artane the following July.
Last December, five men with links to the gang were arrested during a house raid. Gardai seized a Glock handgun and believed their action foiled another shooting. But they were released without charge.
Since then, the area where the gang was based has been quiet. But the shooting of Winters suggests the gang has become embroiled in a new row.