Tuesday 16 October 2018

Gardaí raid home of gangland figure Jason 'Jay' O'Connor as part of investigation into latest feud murder

Kane McCormack
Kane McCormack

Ken Foy

Gardaí have raided the home of gangland figure Jason 'Jay' O'Connor as part of their investigation into the murder of the latest victim in the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

The operation happened over the weekend after officers received information that O'Connor was one of the last people to see murder victim Kane McCormack (24) alive, last Friday evening.

O'Connor was in hiding last night after his associates were linked to McCormack's murder. His body was dumped in a Co Meath field on Saturday afternoon, just two hours after he was reported missing by his girlfriend.

"An investigation team from Ashbourne Garda station has raided the home of O'Connor in relation to the murder," a senior source said last night.

"He was not arrested and his current whereabouts are unknown. It is believed that he has gone to ground."

It comes as the Irish Independent can reveal McCormack's suspected killer is a 37-year-old criminal from Finglas in Dublin who is closely linked to O'Connor and his gang.

The Finglas man previously served a lengthy jail sentence for an extremely violent offence that happened in a pub in the area he is from.

Sources say that McCormack "would not have trusted this man" and only went in a car with him to Co Meath because he felt comfortable with another dangerous individual.

Gardaí now believe that McCormack's murder had been planned for at least three weeks and that the father-of-one had been "lured into a false sense of security" after being brought at least once before to the location where he was shot dead.

"He thought he was on the way to do a job, do a hit. At one stage his killers had even enlisted one of his most trusted associates in an attempt to fool him," a source said.

"McCormack was the father of a five-year-old boy - no one has yet been able to tell the child what has happened to his dad," the source added.

McCormack's murder is the thirteenth in the bitter feud.

Yesterday, the Irish Independent revealed his killers were paid €40,000 by the Kinahan cartel to carry out the shooting. The murder was ordered after members of the crime group learned McCormack was threatening to avenge the murder of his father, Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan.

Gardaí have confirmed McCormack was shot three times, in the back of his head and in his back.

CCTV forms a major part in the investigation, which is being led by Co Meath detectives. They are confident of making arrests in the coming weeks.

McCormack was well known to gardaí and had links to the Hutch gang, as well as other dangerous criminals in Dublin's drugs trade. McCormack, originally from Clonee, Co Meath, survived an attempt on his life earlier this year, after which gardaí provided him with security advice.

Irish Independent

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