Gangland murder suspect to appear in court
A man is to appear in the Dublin District Court this morning charged with the gangland murder of Aidan Byrne last month.
Gardai detained the 25-year-old man on suspicion of shooting Byrne 10 times as he sat in a parked car at Drumalee Avenue, near Hanlon's Corner, Dublin, on February 20.
The suspect, who is from O'Devanney Gardens, was arrested last Saturday and taken for questioning to the Bridewell station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, which is part of the anti-gangland legislation introduced by the Government. He was charged with murder last night and will appear in court this morning.
He is the fourth man to be charged as a result of investigations into the seven gangland murders that have taken place in Dublin, Limerick and Cork since the start of the year.
Officers investigating the Byrne murder also questioned a man who drove Byrne to Drumalee Avenue. The driver had walked into a nearby house minutes before the gunman ran up and murdered Byrne.
The driver was held for questioning but released without charge and a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The victim, who was 33 years old and from St Mary's Mansions in the city, had agreed to go to Drumalee Avenue to meet somebody he knew.
He had been warned several times by detectives that his life was in danger. He was well known to gardai and was suspected of being involved in robbery and drug trafficking.
In 1999, he received a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of the rape of two prostitutes in a Dublin brothel.
Byrne was murdered shortly after he was granted bail and released from Cloverhill Prison while he was awaiting trial on charges linked to the robbery of electrical goods.
He was linked to one of the factions involved in the vicious north inner-city feud, which had already claimed three lives.