Saturday 19 January 2019

Gardaí are closing in on gunman in Bray gym attack

Peter Taylor has denied being the gunman’s intended target
Peter Taylor has denied being the gunman’s intended target Newsdesk Newsdesk

Gardaí have identified an associate of dead cartel fixer Martin Cervi as the main focus of their probe into the shooting at Bray Boxing Club.

Gym-goer Bobby Messett was killed and coach Pete Taylor and Ian Britton both suffered gunshot wounds earlier this month.

Gardaí, who have been tracing the route taken by the shooter in a getaway van and later on a bicycle, raided a property in the north inner city last weekend after following a CCTV trail.

It is understood that the focus of the investigation is now on a close associate of Cervi, who died in Holland in 2016.

While Cervi was a close friend of Gary Hutch, his associate - who is in his 30s - is not known to be strongly linked to either side of the feuding gangs.

Mr Taylor, the father of Olympic gold medal winner Katie Taylor, was about to start a boot camp class at the gym when a lone gunman burst in and started firing bullets.

Innocent Bobby Messett, a popular grandfather and fitness fanatic, who was a regular at the gym, was shot dead when he got caught in the crossfire.

Mr Taylor suffered an injury to his arm and chest and was rushed to hospital after the shooting, along with another gym-goer, Ian Britton.

Bray Council has since taken control of the building in order to restore it to be fit for public use.

In an interview last weekend, Mr Taylor said that he had "run at" the gunman, who was firing indiscriminately, and was injured.

Mr Taylor said he had a 30pc chance of losing his arm because of the severity of his injuries.

The boxing coach said that he was perplexed as to the reasons why "anyone would attack the club, myself or any of our members".

He dismissed speculation that he was the gunman's intended target, saying that his gut feeling was that the attack was "an act of intimidation that went wrong".

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News