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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Criminal shot three times just 100 yards from his front door

Victim: David Douglas
Victim: David Douglas

Conor Feehan, Ken Foy and Alan O'Keeffe

A criminal has been shot while walking his dog near his home.

Drug dealer David 'Daithí' Douglas (54) was targeted by a gunman just 100 yards from his home in Cabra, north Dublin, last night.

He was hit at least three times in the chest after a car pulled up alongside him and a gunman opened fire. Douglas collapsed to the ground as the car sped off.

Neighbours raised the alarm and he was rushed to the Mater hospital, where he was clinging to life last night.

Douglas, who received a five-year prison sentence after he was caught with more than €500,000 worth of cocaine in 2008, was walking his dog in his home neighbourhood at Killala Road when the assailant opened fire at 7.30pm.

A friend of the Douglases said that the family did not want to comment.

"His daughter is too upset," she said.

Locals said he grew up in the house he lives in on Killala Road and is well known in the area.

"He got in with a bad crowd a few years ago and it all went downhill for him," said one woman.

"But he's a proud man and always says hello to people he meets on the street when he's out walking the dog.

"It's a kind of a pit bull or something but he loves it and you'd often see him out walking it," she explained.

Bullet casings from the gun were covered by gardaí on the footpath beside where Douglas fell.

The gunman is not believed to have left the car before shooting him, but is thought to have shot from it as it was driven by.

A garda spokesman described the condition of the injured man last night as "serious".

On April 10, 2008, Douglas and three other men were stopped in a taxi as part of a surveillance operation in the Pearse Street area, following a tip-off. A black holdall bag containing 8kg of cocaine, worth €562,000, was recovered by gardaí.

Telephone records between all four men in the three months beforehand were "a web of interconnection between all men", Dublin Circuit Criminal Court later heard.

In December 2011, Judge Tony Hunt sentenced Douglas to 10 years, with five suspended, after he heard that Douglas had a number of serious criminal convictions. Among them was a conviction for shooting with intent to kill a garda during an armed robbery, for which he received a 12-year sentence at the Special Criminal Court in 1983.

Irish Independent

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