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Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Breakthrough' as car murder suspect quizzed

Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch

Ken Foy

Gardaí investigating the murder of an innocent father-of-three have arrested the chief suspect in the case.

Stephen Lynch (32) suffered fatal injuries when he was deliberately run over with a car in Brookview Close, Tallaght, on the evening of April 13.

Detectives quickly identified the four men who were in the car and received information they were in the locality to collect drug debts.

It is suspected that the driver is an extremely volatile criminal from Crumlin, who has been involved in a bitter local feud in that suburb.

This suspect was arrested in Cloverhill Prison last week and was taken to Tallaght Garda Station.

The man, who is aged in his mid-20s, was questioned for a number of hours and DNA swabs were taken from him.

He was then sent back to prison and a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). "This individual is extremely well known to gardaí for offences such as firearms, assaults and attacking officers," a source said last night.

"His arrest is considered a significant breakthrough in this case."

It was the first arrest in the investigation, which is being carried out by Tallaght gardaí.

The car involved was a silver Ford Focus hatchback that was later seized by officers.

Sources said last night that more arrests were expected in the case, including the suspect's younger brother, who is alleged to have been in the car when Mr Lynch was brutally murdered.

Mr Lynch, who was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, was not known to be involved in any criminality.

Gardaí believe he got involved in a verbal row with four men, who were in a silver Ford Focus, and was then driven over and dragged along the road.

Irish Independent

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