Friday 20 April 2018

Gardai find final body part during search for mutilated drug dealer

Christopher Gaffney in 2001 when he was was jailed for running a heroin gang
Christopher Gaffney in 2001 when he was was jailed for running a heroin gang
Gardai in Clonee, Co Meath, where body parts were found

GARDAI investigating the grisly discovery of a drug dealer's dismembered body have completed their search of a woodland area.

The last of the remains of drug dealer Christopher Gaffney (37) had been located last night. Garda specialist crime scene investigators, cadaver dogs and divers spent three days scouring the area known as the Mayne, near Clonee, Co Meath.

A final body part was recovered from a stream, according to a senior Garda source.

"Specialist teams have spent three days combing the area and feel they can do no more," he said.

"They are satisfied the search was thorough and there is nothing left to find so it has been officially stood down."

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar will conduct a full post-mortem examination of the remains.

The alarm was raised on Friday evening when a human arm and part of a shoulder were spotted in a field in the area.

Fingerprints later identified the dead man, a convicted drug dealer, who was reported missing on October 1.

Detectives have not yet established how Gaffney died or how his body was dismembered.

They suspect that a criminal from Finglas murdered Gaffney as part of an ongoing feud linked to the death of another young man whose body was also dumped in a field.

Gaffney was not a suspect for that murder but is thought to have helped with the disposal of the body.

Gaffney's remains may have remained undiscovered for longer had an animal not taken one of his severed arms into an adjoining field.

It is believed his body was cut into eight pieces before being dumped in the forest.

Gaffney was well known to gardai as a violent criminal and a significant player in the city's heroin supply trade.

In 2001, he was jailed for five years for running a heroin-dealing operation in Dublin's inner city from which, he told gardai, he made around €5,000 profit a week.

His trial heard that he used a bicycle to transport heroin from his 'depot' in East Wall to his sellers in the O'Connell Street area.

It emerged last night that Gaffney escaped a likely jail sentence two years ago when charges for possession of drugs and a gun were dropped on the grounds that the Section 29 warrant used to obtain evidence had been deemed unconstitutional.

Paul Williams

Irish Independent

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