Sunday 22 July 2018

Derek 'Bottler' Devoy profiled: Target in latest shooting was brother of slain criminal

Derek Devoy
Derek Devoy

Ken Foy

The intended target of the double murder is under threat of murder since his release from prison and has a serious criminal history.

Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37) was uninjured in the gun attack which claimed the life of his innocent older sister Antoinette and her friend.

Gardaí examine the burnt-out getaway car on Santry Close in Dublin. Photo: Collins
Gardaí examine the burnt-out getaway car on Santry Close in Dublin. Photo: Collins

Devoy spent eight years in jail where he served time for the attempted armed robbery of a post office in Balbriggan, north Dublin, and for the non-fatal drive-by shooting at two of his neighbours in Ballymun.

The man known as 'Bottler' is the younger brother of Michael or 'Mad Mickey' Devoy who it is suspected was himself murdered by a member of the Kinahan drug cartel back in January 2014.

Michael Devoy was shot three times in the head before his body was dumped on the side of the road at Fox Hill Lane, Tallaght.

It is understood that Derek Devoy had threatened revenge for his older brother's murder.

A major line of enquiry into yesterday's attack was that the same gang who murdered Michael Devoy is responsible for the assassination attempt on his brother.

However, it emerged late last night that the shooting is being linked to a local drugs dispute that has been ongoing for some time - but Devoy was still the intended target.

Checkpoints

When Devoy was released from jail in February 2015, gardaí had to draw up a special security plan just to keep him alive which involved multiple armed checkpoints close to his Ballymun home.

In 2007, he was jailed for seven years for the attempted armed robbery of a post office in Balbriggan, north Dublin, in April, 2006.

He was then given extra jail time in November 2007, for the non-fatal drive-by shooting at two of his neighbours in Ballymun in September, 2005.

At the drive-by shooting trial in November 2007, evidence was given of how Devoy was recognised when a scarf slipped from his face after he shot at the two men from a car which then drove away at speed.

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A female witness identified Devoy, whom she knew "all my life", as the gunman who fired the shots at her brothers Eugene and John Paul McElligott from the back seat of the speeding car as they stood outside their home on Cranogue Close, Ballymun.

Just months after being released from jail, Devoy fled the country.

It was also revealed that he was in the process of moving more than €100,000 to a bank in Britain when the account was frozen by detectives in Dublin.

The going-away money was frozen under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Finances Act 2010.

Devoy returned to Ireland more than a year ago and has been regularly spotted in the company of senior members of the Hutch mob crime faction.

Gardaí are now braced for potential reprisals following the shocking double murder in Ballymun.

Irish Independent

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