Sunday 21 January 2018

Gunman lay in wait for an hour before botched hit that killed two

The Opel Zafira lay in wait for over an hour before one of the occupants opened fire in Balbutcher Lane, killing Antoinette Corbally and Clinton Shannon. Picture: Garda Press office
The Opel Zafira lay in wait for over an hour before one of the occupants opened fire in Balbutcher Lane, killing Antoinette Corbally and Clinton Shannon. Picture: Garda Press office

Robin Schiller

The hitmen who gunned down two innocent people in the capital last week lay in wait near a busy estate for their intended target for at least an hour.

Gardaí have also revealed that the cars used in the murders of Antoinette Corbally (47) and Clinton Shannon (30) were bought just weeks earlier.

The two innocent victims were shot dead in a hail of bullets on Wednesday, August 16.

The intended target of the attack, Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37), escaped unharmed and dropped a young child as he made his getaway.

Clinton Shannon
Clinton Shannon

Det Supt Colm Fox, who is leading the investigation, said that the cars used in the murder were bought weeks before.

The senior investigator added that a silver Opel Zafira - registration number 08-LS-3101 - was parked beside a building site at the junction of Balbutcher Lane and Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, for at least an hour before the double murder.

"From this vantage point, the occupants had a clear view of the location where the murders took place," he said.

"When the intended target of the gunmen drove into Balbutcher Drive, the Opel Zafira car left its vantage point and followed the intended target to the location of the murders.

Antoinette Corbally
Antoinette Corbally

"The intended target escaped injury. However, two innocent persons were murdered and two others were injured."

Investigating gardaí are now asking members of the public if they noticed this vehicle parked at the junction beside the building site on the day of the murder, or indeed at any other time.

Following the double killing, the occupants abandoned the Opel car and fled the scene on foot through bollards at the end of Balbutcher Drive on to Crannoge Terrace.

A black Golf GTI - registration number 06-LH-3466 - was waiting and drove them away.

It travelled across Ballymun in the direction of Ikea, on through the Northwood business, retail and housing development and into Santry Close, where it was set on fire.

"I am asking members of the public to contact us if indeed they did see these cars parked up anywhere, or even similar type cars," added Det Supt Fox.

"Was your parking spot or a neighbour's blocked by either of these cars or similar cars, or indeed any car, for any length of time?

"Any information you may have, no matter how insignificant it might seem to be to you, could be very important to the investigation."

Irish Independent

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