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Sunday 18 March 2018

Balbutcher murders: 'Intended target' dropped child and fled through rear of house

  • Mother-of-six shot dead named as Antoinette Corbally

  • Toddler has narrow escape after being dropped to ground

  • Double shooting linked to bitter local feud

  • Gardaí not yet able to formally identify the dead man

  • Justice Minister described attack as 'totally unacceptable'

Antoinette Devoy (inset left) and Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (right)
Antoinette Devoy (inset left) and Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (right)
The scene of the shooting. Photo: Collins
Evidence is taken from the scene of a shooting
Chief Supr. Lorraine Wheatley and Detective Supr. Colm Fox speak to the media. Photo: Colin Keegan
A member of the Emergency Response Unit at The scene of a shooting on Balbutcher Drive, ballymun. Photo: Colin Keegan
Antoinette Corbally-Devoy
Garda and emergency services at the scene

Robin Schiller, Ken Foy and Cathal McMahon

A toddler had a miracle escape in a double gangland murder which left a mother of six dead and a man fatally wounded.

Tragic Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (48) and a male in his 30s were  shot dead by two men armed with a handgun and a sub-machine gun who opened fire outside a house in Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, yesterday afternoon.

Up to 20 shots were fired during the attack and detectives have not yet been able to establish the identity of the dead man.

It has emerged the intended target of the shooting was Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37), who managed to escape the shooting uninjured. He is the brother of murdered Antoinette.

Antoinette Corbally-Devoy. Photo: Collins
Antoinette Corbally-Devoy. Photo: Collins

It can also be revealed that Devoy was holding a young toddler in his arms when the two gunmen approached him and opened fire.

Devoy's brother, Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy (41), was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel in January 2014.

Detectives yesterday interviewed the intended target, 'Bottler', about the double murder.

The intended target threw the young child out of his arms and fled through the rear of the house, jumping over a back wall.

Derek Devoy
Derek Devoy

This child received a minor bump to its head as a result but was not seriously injured.

The fatally injured man, who has not yet been formally identified, had arrived at the home on Balbutcher Drive just moments before the shooting.

He was shot in the head as he sat in a car parked on the driveway.

Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley. Photo: Collins
Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley. Photo: Collins

As the gunmen indiscriminately opened fire at the property, Ms Corbally-Devoy was hit and fatally wounded.

Two other people - Brian Moran (52) and Andrea Corbally-Devoy (18) - were also injured. Moran received a gunshot wound to his leg while the teenage girl was grazed by a stray bullet.

They are being treated at the Mater Hospital.

The killers, who used a sub-machine gun and a handgun, then jumped into a silver Opel Zafira which they attempted to set on fire but failed.

Paramedics tend to a victim Photo: Collins
Paramedics tend to a victim Photo: Collins

They then ran to a waiting Golf GTI and fled the area, before partially torching the vehicle in the Santry Close area.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and armed gardaí flooded the area.

Paramedics worked on the male fatality on the ground outside of the house while the injured man and woman were rushed to hospital.

Investigating detectives believe the brutal double murder is linked to a bitter local drug dispute in the area which has seen several shootings and pipe bomb incidents carried out.

Earlier this year three teenagers were injured in a gun attack believed to be linked to the ongoing feud.

Another young man survived an attempt on his life earlier this year as part of this feud.

"This feud has been ongoing for the last years and there was always a fear this would escalate.

"However, the killing of two people in broad daylight could not be foreseen and is a seriously concerning development," a source said last night.

A Garda case conference was held at Ballymun garda station last night involving senior investigators.

Speaking at Ballymun garda station, Chief Supt Lorraine Wheatley: "We are appealing for information in relation to a shooting at 4pm today in Balbutcher Drive.

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"Four people were injured, two fatally. An incident room has been set up at Ballymun garda station and the technical bureau are at the scene.

"I'm appealing to the community if they have any information to come forward."

Two vehicles have been recovered including a silver Opel Zafira on Balbutcher Drive with a registration number 08 LS 3101.

A Golf GTi, registration 06 LH 3466, was also found partially burnt out at Santry Close in the aftermath of the shooting. The senior garda confirmed that a firearm believed to have been used in the shooting was also recovered.

Commenting on the victims, Chief Supt Wheatley said the fatally wounded woman was a mother to six children.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan last night expressed his outrage at the double murder which he described as "totally unacceptable".

"These ruthless people have no regard for human life and this will not be tolerated. Gardaí continue to confront this threat daily and are determined to see those involved brought to justice."

This callous, cold-blooded violence has no place in our communities, he said.

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