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Gardai warned shooting victim his life was in danger

A GANGLAND murder victim, who was shot dead in his local pub, had been warned by gardai just hours earlier that his life was in danger and he should not leave his home.

Anthony Russell (30) was shot eight times by two masked gunmen in the Ardlea Arms in Artane, Dublin, the Dublin Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

His partner, Lisa Cole, told the court that she was on her hen weekend in Belfast on the day, April 18, 2008. The couple had been due to marry the following June.

She spoke to Mr Russell that afternoon and he told her that gardai had called to their home to tell him of another threat on his life.

Mr Russell, from Cromcastle Drive in Kilmore, Dublin, ignored the advice to remain at home. He arranged to meet a number of friends at the Ardlea Inn in Artane that evening, including Ms Cole's brother, Darren Cole.

He told the court that while they were in the pub they noticed another man staring at them and smirking. This man then left the pub and they watched as he made a phone call before leaving.

Half an hour later two gunmen wearing balaclavas walked into the pub where they opened fire. Ten shots were fired but no one else was hurt in the incident.

Mr Russell lost consciousness shortly afterwards and died at the scene.

The cause of death was given as bleeding and shock on foot of multiple gunshot wounds.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by persons unknown.

Irish Independent