Gang linked to woman's knifing 'murdered and buried' missing Trevor
An informant who provided gardai with information that sparked a massive search for missing Trevor Deely has pointed the blame at a crime gang linked to the murder of a prostitute.
It is understood the notorious gang were involved in prostitution and heroin dealing at the time of Mr Deely's disappearance in December 2000.
A senior member of this gang is considered to be a dangerous criminal who was known to work as a pimp in the area where the Kildare man went missing.
This individual is understood to have been viewed as a suspect in the unsolved murder of prostitute Sinead Kelly - from Santry - in June 1998.
Ms Kelly (21) was stabbed to death on the banks of the Grand Canal, off Baggot Street, on June 22, 1998.
Gardai believe she was murdered because she owed £800 to a Dublin drug dealer. The informant, who came forward in recent months with information on the 17-year mystery, has suggested Mr Deely was attacked and shot by a Crumlin criminal after a chance encounter on Haddington Road.
A detailed search of a three-acre Dublin City Council site, close to Chapelizod, was due to resume today as it enters its second week.
Mr Deely vanished on December 8, 2000, as he made his way home from his office Christmas party.
The last sighting of him, captured on a CCTV camera, filmed him walking across Baggot Street Bridge towards Haddington Road at 4.14am.
It is understood the informant did not provide a motive for Mr Deely's killing to gardai and did not provide an exact location as to where he was buried.
However, it is understood the individual did identify the killer as a criminal and drug dealer who operated around the Baggot Street Bridge area.
A source said that, while gardai have not corroborated the informant's account, they believe the information is credible enough to warrant the detailed search of the council site.
Gardai searching the site last week recovered a handgun and are now working to establish if there is any connection between the firearm and Mr Deely.
The suspect identified is part of a Crumlin crime family responsible for bringing a contaminated consignment of heroin into Dublin from the UK in the 1980s, which led to the deaths of a number of heroin addicts in the city.
The informant, who has alleged a member of the crime family shot and buried Mr Deely, came forward due to a guilty conscience, gardai believe.