Sunday 25 February 2018

Gardaí arrest two men over gangland murder of Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond

Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond
Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have arrested two men as part of their investigation into the gangland murder of Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond.

Desmond (41) was gunned down in Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan, shortly after 8pm last December 2.

This morning gardaí confirmed that two men were arrested in the west Dublin. They are detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 at stations in the west of the city and can be held for up to seven days.

Gardaí say the men, aged in their 20s and in 30s, were arrested following a planned operation involving the local Detective Unit, Regional Armed Support Unit and other local units and took place in the Clondalkin and Lucan areas.

Before his murder the ‘Guinea Pig’ had survived a number of attempts on his life – including a botched shooting in Tallaght in 2005 and a failed hit in Ballyfermot in 2010.

Read More: Gun victim Mark Desmond was major gangland player linked to at least four murders

Desmond was linked to at least four killings, including the horrific canal murders in 2000.

He was initially charged in relation to the murders of Darren Carey and Patrick Murray, whose remains were discovered in the Grand Canal between January 9 and 10, 2000.

However, the charges were sensationally dropped and he was jailed for firearms offences relating to the same incident.

Desmond was also the chief suspect in the murder of Anthony Cannon, an associate of jailed gang boss Brian Rattigan.

The gun-for-hire was also suspected of playing a key role in the murder of James Kenny McDonagh, who disappeared in 2010.

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