Sunday 22 April 2018

Killers lay in wait for 'at least an hour' before Ballymun double murder, gardaí reveal

The Volkswagen Golf used in the shooting. Picture: Garda Press office
The Opel Zafira used in the shooting. Picture: Garda Press office
The Opel Zafira lay in wait for up to an hour. Picture: Garda Press office
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The cars used in the brutal murder of two innocent people in Ballymun last week were bought weeks earlier, gardaí have revealed.

Mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally (48) and her friend Clinton Shannon (30) were gunned down on Wednesday, August 16 at her home on Balbutcher Drive.

Antoinette Corbally
Antoinette Corbally

The intended target, Antoinette's brother Derek 'Bottler' Devoy, escaped without injury.

This afternoon gardaí issued a fresh appeal for help from the public and released images of the cars used in the deadly double murder.

Detective Superintendent Colm Fox, the senior investigating officer thanked members of the public, especially those in the Ballymun area, "for their assistance to date in this investigation".

He said they have had an "excellent response" to their previous appeal for information but now wished to focus his appeal on the vehicles used.

The first of these cars is a silver Opel Zafira registration number 08 LS 3101.

Prior to the murders, this car was parked beside a building site at the junction of Balbutcher Lane and Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun for at least an hour.

Clinton Shannon
Clinton Shannon

Det Supt Fox said that from this vantage point the occupants had a clear view of the location where the murders took place.

"When the intended target of the gunmen drove into Balbutcher Drive, the Opel Zafira car lefts its vantage point and followed the intended target to the location of the murders. The intended target escaped injury however two innocent persons were murdered and two others were injured."

Investigating Gardai are asking members of the public did they notice this car parked at this junction beside the building site on the day of the murder or indeed any other day.

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

A black golf registration number 06-LH-3466 was waiting for them here and drove them away. It travelled across Ballymun in the direction of Ikea, on through the Northwood business, retail and housing development and on into Santry Close where it was set on fire.

Detective Superintendent Colm Fox added: "These cars were purchased in the weeks preceding the murders and had to have been parked up somewhere. 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.

"Parking spaces in apartment complexes, housing estates, and other parking areas are at a premium. Was your parking spot or a neighbours 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"

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact them at:

•     Ballymun Garda Station 01-6664400

•     Garda Confidential line 1800666111

•     E-Mail:  Ballymun_Incident_Room@garda.ie

•     Any Garda Station.

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