Sunday 21 January 2018

Ballymun murders: Tracker placed on car of Derek Devoy days before murder of his sister and friend

Gardaí fear tit-for-tat attacks

Antoinette Devoy (inset left) and Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (right)
Antoinette Devoy (inset left) and Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (right)

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

The intended target of a double gangland murder in north Dublin had a tracker placed on his car in the days before the brutal killings, it has emerged.

Detectives believe criminal Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37) was the individual that two gunmen were targeting when they opened fire at a property on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, at 4pm on Wednesday.

Derek Devoy
Derek Devoy
Clinton Shannon

However, Devoy managed to flee over the back garden wall after dropping a young toddler he was holding.

Tragically, his sister and mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (48), as well as his friend Clinton Shannon (30), were fatally wounded.

The pregnant daughter of Ms Corbally-Devoy, Andrea (18), was also grazed by a bullet while an innocent bystander, Brian Moran (52), was shot in the leg.

Last night, it emerged that gardaí were made aware that Devoy had found the tracking device which his enemies were using to monitor his movements.

Gardaí on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, yesterday. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Gardaí on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, yesterday. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Bullet holes near the scene. Photo: Mark Condren

It is understood the device was handed over to detectives in Ballymun garda station. Gardaí are also probing if a bitter local dispute which has been simmering over the last 18 months led to the shocking double murder.

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This included the attempted murder of Ballymun criminal Glen Kiely in January of this year.

Kiely, who has more than 40 previous convictions, was shot in the groin outside a property on Balcurris Park West.

A number of tit-for-tat attacks were carried out over a 36-hour period as part of the dispute before the double murder.

A house in Belclare Avenue was shot up at 1am on Wednesday, just 15 hours before the double murder in nearby Balbutcher Drive.

In the shooting on Wednesday morning, the criminals targeted the wrong property.

The occupants of the Belclare Avenue property are described as "entirely innocent".

Also being investigated is whether an incident which occurred on Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, at 2pm on Monday is linked to the ongoing warfare.

In that incident, an 18-year-old local man was stabbed in the face.

The teenager refused to give gardaí a statement on the matter and there have been no arrests in that case.

High-visibility armed patrols have increased in the Ballymun area following Wednesday's gangland killings.

Detectives fear that further reprisal attacks will be carried out as part of the ongoing feud.

Screaming

Gardaí are also investigating reports that Devoy was spotted topless and storming around streets near his home in the early hours of yesterday "screaming and roaring".

"Obviously, this is a very, very serious situation. Devoy has been advised to leave Dublin for a few days but he is not an individual who normally listens to Garda advice," a senior source said yesterday.

"Ballymun is going to be on lock-down now. The word is that 'Bottler' was going around like an absolute nutter. He loved his sister, he is completely devastated. Everyone is worried about what happens next," the source added.

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Sources also confirmed that Devoy was recently officially warned by officers about an active threat on his life as part of the Ballymun feud.

Gardaí have established that two gunmen fired up to 20 shots at the north Dublin property.

A submachine gun and a handgun used in the killings have since been recovered.

Senior investigators were holding case conferences in Ballymun garda station last night as detectives attempt to hunt down the two gunmen.

No arrests have yet been made but gardaí have gathered dozens of statements from eye witnesses as part of their enquires, while CCTV footage in the vicinity of the killing is also being reviewed.

Investigating officers at Ballymun garda station have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Irish Independent

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