Friday 23 February 2018

Brutal hit of 'multiple murder suspect' not expected to stoke tensions in gang feud

Messages of condolence and flowers are left at the scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux at James Larkin House, North Strand, Dublin.
Messages of condolence and flowers are left at the scene of the fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux at James Larkin House, North Strand, Dublin.

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

The murder of an associate of the Hutch mob is not expected to escalate tensions in the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Jason 'Buda' Molyneaux was fatally shot several times in a suspected double-cross in Dublin on Tuesday night.

He has been described as a "multiple murder suspect" who was not well liked among his associates. "Nobody will be lining up to avenge Buda," a source said.

Molyneaux (27), who was aligned with members of the Hutch gang, was a prime target of associates of criminal Derek 'Bottler' Devoy.

Devoy's sister and friend were shot dead in a shocking double murder last summer.

Detectives are examining the theory that the cartel had been providing logistics and firearms to Devoy.

Senior sources said Molyneaux became a prime target after he was blamed for the double murder of Devoy's sister Antoinette Corbally (48) and innocent locksmith Clinton Shannon (30) last August.

Devoy (37) had been the main target in the gun attack but escaped the scene uninjured after dropping a baby he was holding.

It is understood Devoy's associates have been enlisted by the Kinahan cartel to wipe out their "mutual enemies", including Molyneaux and Graham 'Choco' Byrne, who was shot and wounded last Friday.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last night condemned the perpetrators of the gangland murders as "an insult to humanity".

"I am running out of words adequate to express the horror and inhumanity and barbarism of people who have for years exploited the weakest through drug supply, through blackmail and debt, and who feel that they can keep an entire community in their grip through brutal violence," he said.

Irish Independent

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