Saturday 18 November 2017

Criminal gunned down in street 'has no hope of survival'

Karl Wynne was shot four times
Karl Wynne was shot four times

Paul Williams Special Correspondent

THE family of a criminal gunned down in the street last week have been told by doctors he has no hope of survival.

Karl Wynne (45) was shot four times in the head and body as he sat on a wall outside a shop on St Dominic's Road in Tallaght last Thursday night.

It is understood that his family have agreed that his life-support machine will be turned off tomorrow.

The convicted armed robber had been questioned for five days by gardai investigating the attempted murder of body-builder Sean Enright outside his gym in Cabra on May 15.

Wynne, who didn't wear a mask, could be identified from CCTV footage, which captured the incident in which Enright was shot five times. The hitman's fingerprints were also found in the stolen car used by the lone gunman. However, the DPP decided not to charge him with murder and he was released pending the completion of a file by gardai.

Detectives believe Wynne's execution was ordered by a Finglas-based crime boss who offered him €20,000 to murder Enright. It is understood he was furious that the hitman had apparently botched the hit.


Senior sources say the Finglas criminal, a former member of the gang once led by murdered godfather Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, wrongly believed Wynne had been released because he had agreed to turn informant.

Meanwhile, it also emerged yesterday that gardai have established that Wynne was a business partner of Alan Desmond, whose body was found in a field in Tallaght three days after the Enright shooting. Desmond (38) had been shot once in the head.

Since then, investigating detectives discovered that the dead man had been much more involved in serious crime than they had first thought.

It is understood Desmond was running a gun-hire business, renting out weapons.

They also learned that Wynne had been working for Desmond, who went missing shortly after detectives found six firearms and a large quantity of ammunition in his Tallaght home.

A security source said: "It cannot be ruled out that the two murders and the attempted murder of Enright are connected. Wynne was answerable to Desmond, who lined up various robberies and gave them to Wynne to carry out."

Irish Independent

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