Saturday 18 August 2018

Gardai investigating Kane McCormack murder say he was shot three times for €40k

Garda preserve the scene at Waterstown Co Meath where Kane McCormack (inset) was discovered between the Meath and Kildare border Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Garda preserve the scene at Waterstown Co Meath where Kane McCormack (inset) was discovered between the Meath and Kildare border Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Sean Nolan

Gardai investigating the murder of Kane McCormack have confirmed that the 24-year-old was shot three times.

Investigators confirmed the news yesterday evening after receiving results of the post-mortem.

It is understood a €40,000 bounty had been placed on his head.

The news comes just hours after gardai launched an appeal for witnesses to a car found burnt out just off the M50.

Gardaí at Ashbourne Co Meath are appealing for information after Kane McCormack's body was discovered in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne on the Meath/ Kildare border yesterday.

McCormack, also known as Kane Kirwan, had been reported missing by his girlfriend at Blanchardstown Garda station just hours before his body was discovered in a field adjacent to a supermarket in Dunboyne.

He had been formally warned his life was in danger by Gardaí from the Kinahan crime cartel over fears he would seek revenge for father Noel Kirwan's murder last December.

According to gardai McCormack parked his silver Peugeot 307 hatchback registration No: 04- D in the ‘Aldi’ supermarket carpark in Clonee Village at 5pm on Friday, December 1.

Gardai say he then got into a black saloon type car.

This car left that carpark and turned right towards Dunboyne.

Shortly after 6pm officers in Finglas responded to a call that a black Audi saloon car was on fire just off the M50 at Meakstown Cottages.

Investigating Gardaí are trying to establish any link between the murder and this black Audi car.

Speaking at Ashbourne Garda Station today Superintendent James Cannon appealed to anyone who was in Clonee village particularly in the Aldi carpark, at or around 5pm on Friday evening and who may have noticed either of these vehicles.

Superintendent Cannon also appealed to anyone who drove the road through Walterstown after 5pm and who may have noticed a black saloon parked on the road.

This is the roadway which runs through Walterstown between Leixlip and Dunboyne.

Gardai are asking for any person who was in the vicinity of Meakstown Cottages or Balseskin Reception Centre at around 6pm and who may have noticed any suspicious activity around the burnt out Audi car to get in touch.

In particular investigating officers are appealing to anyone who may have dashcams or who were in or close to any of the locations to contact Ashbourne Garda Station on 01-8010600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

McCormack was before the courts last month on firearms charges after a large quantity of ammunition was found in Dublin last year.

At the time of the court case, he was released on bail but his defence lawyer asked that his next court date not be read out in open court as there was "a threat on his life".

It is understood he had also narrowly avoided a previous attempt on his life.

His father - Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan - was a close friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The 62-year-old Kirwan was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin on December 22 last when he was shot several times. He was the tenth person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner was in the passenger seat was but was not injured in the shooting.

Now gardai are investigating if his son was the 13th victim - and the first since May.

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