Monday 23 October 2017

Five held over gang hit after garda swoops

John Wilson: Shot while entering his home last Friday.
John Wilson: Shot while entering his home last Friday.
Gardai investigating the murder of drug dealer John Wilson are questioning a further four men

Tom Brady Security Editor

Gardai believe they are making significant progress with their inquiries into the gangland murder of John Wilson last Friday.

Five men were in custody last night after a series of garda swoops yesterday morning in west Dublin.

Officers also seized a car that they think was used by the killers to escape after they set fire to their initial getaway vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat.

The second car was seized yesterday during a search of an address in Ronanstown.

Gardai detained four men, aged from their late teens to their early 30s in the raids in Clondalkin and Ronanstown.

They were being held last night under section 50 of anti-gang legislation, the 2007 Criminal Justice Act, which allowed gardai to hold them without charge for up to seven days.

Meanwhile, the period of detention for the fifth suspect, who was arrested on Friday within hours of the shooting, has been extended for a further two days.

On Saturday the Irish Independent disclosed that the gangland hit on Wilson (35) was ordered by members of a local drug trafficking gang, who had been in conflict with the father of two in the previous weeks.

Officers said last night they were pleased with the developments of the past couple of days.

They hope that forensic tests on the second car and on a gun found in the burnt out Passat will yield vital assistance to their inquiries.

The killers had abandoned the Passat at nearby Cherry Orchard Crescent after shooting Wilson in the back in the hallway of his home at Cloverhill Road in Ballyfermot, minutes after collecting his eight-year-old daughter from school and dropping her off at a neighbour's house for the afternoon.

The victim is the brother of two men serving lengthy jail sentences here and in Spain for unrelated murders He is suspected of involvement in a shooting at a pub in the north of the city in 2010 when three innocent customers were wounded. The gunman had intended to shoot members of the Real IRA but singled out the innocent men.

Irish Independent

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