Tuesday 21 November 2017

Drug dealer 'supplied cars for 'Bottler' hit bid that killed two'

Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy was the intended target of the attack
Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy was the intended target of the attack

Robin Schiller

The man arrested in connection with the murder of two innocent people - in a botched hit on Derek 'Bottler' Devoy - is a convicted drug dealer from the north of the city, it has emerged.

Detectives investigating the killings of Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (47) and Clinton Shannon (30) questioned a north Dublin criminal for a number of days over his suspected involvement in the shooting.

Antoinette Corbally
Antoinette Corbally

Gardai believe the suspect, aged in his early 30s, provided logistical support for the double murder in Ballymun last month.

Sources said the man, who is well known to gardai in north Dublin, has a number of convictions for being in possession of drugs with the intent to sell or supply.

"He would be a serious criminal in the local area," a source said.

It is understood gardai believe he supplied vehicles to the hit team responsible for the brutal attack.

He was arrested last Monday and held for a number of days before being released without charge. The Herald previously revealed that two notorious criminals from the north inner city were being blamed for carrying out the atrocity.

Associates of the intended target of the attack, 'Bottler' Devoy (37), believe the two men were responsible.

Among the two being blamed by Devoy's gang is the chief suspect for the 2014 slaying of Bottler's brother, Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy (41). He was murdered shortly after his release from Portlaoise Prison.

The military-trained hitman, aged in his mid-20s, is also a suspect in the Hutch/Kinahan feud murder of Michael Keogh.

"This 'gun for hire' is a heavy hitter in terms of organised crime and he has close links to a number of gangs, including both sides of the feud," a senior source told the Herald.

"He is involved in extortion, debt collection and is associated with Provos in the north inner city."

The other suspected hitman has been closely monitored by gardai.

They believe he could be used at a "minute's notice" to carry out the murder of a rival Kinahan cartel member.

Aged in his 40s, he has been out of prison since 2013.

He served a lengthy sentence after being busted following a major surveillance operation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

A major Garda investigation is continuing into the double murder last month.

The two victims - mum-of-six Ms Corbally-Devoy and Bottler's friend Mr Shannon - were riddled with bullets when the gunmen emptied their magazines into them, the post-mortem examinations established.

Also injured in the gun attack, in Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, were an 18-year-old relative of 'Bottler' Devoy and an innocent bystander.

Detective Superintendent Colm Fox, who is leading the investigation, said the cars that were used in the murder had been bought weeks before.

He added that a silver Opel Zafira - registration 08-LS-3101 - was parked beside a building site at the junction of Balbutcher Lane and Balbutcher Drive for at least an hour before the shooting.

The funerals of the two innocent murder victims took place last week.

Despite the threat to his life, 'Bottler' was among the chief mourners at his sister's funeral Mass in Ballymun.

The funeral of Clinton Shannon, which took place in Laytown, Co Meath, heard his parents "hold no animosity" following the murder of their son.

Herald

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