Sunday 19 November 2017

CCTV images hold clue to identity of murderer who shot innocent Irish man in Spain

CCTV Footage of the murder suspect of Trevor O'Neill. Credit: RTE Prime Time
CCTV Footage of the murder suspect of Trevor O'Neill. Credit: RTE Prime Time

Robin Schiller

CCTV images have captured what Spanish police believe is the murderer of Irish man Terence O'Neill in Spain.

The pictures show a heavily disguised gunman approaching O'Neill (40) before murdering him in front of his family in the resort of Costa de la Calma last August 17.

The images, aired on RTE's Prime Time programme, showing the gangland hitman running past a nearby store.

So far no arrests have yet been made in the murder investigation.

The gunman is believed to have carried out the hit on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

Mr O'Neill, a Dublin City Council worker, was shot in a case of mistaken identity.

It is believed that Jonathan Hutch, a nephew of 'The Monk', was standing beside the victim when he was shot dead.

Gardaí believe the Hutch family member was the intended target of the fatal shooting.

Despite being a target of the gang, Jonathan Hutch is not involved in criminality.

The Kinahan gang were responsible for the killing of his brother Gareth Hutch (35) in May; his uncle Edward Hutch (59) in February; and his cousin Gary Hutch (34) last September.

A Guardia Civil officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the RTÉ programme that Spanish police are intent on dismantling the cartel. They are investigating the Kinahan gang for a number of crimes from murder to money-laundering.

"The Kinahan clan has been settled on the Costa Del Sol for a number of years, and they are one of the most relevant and dangerous criminal organisation operating in Europe," he said.

Trevor O'Neill was the second innocent man gunned down in a case of mistaken identity by the Kinahan cartel.

In April, father-of-three Martin O'Rourke (24) was shot dead outside a pub in the north-inner city.

So far 10 people have been killed as part of the feud.

Irish Independent

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