Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai link stabbing to body parts find

GARDAI are investigating whether an attempted murder involved gangland criminals who may also be linked to the gruesome murder and dismemberment of a drug dealer.

Convicted criminal Keith Prendergast (32), will survive despite being stabbed in the neck during the horrific attack outside a Finglas pub in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.

Gardai were last night hunting for the suspects, who are understood to be very closely linked to the mob who murdered Christy Gaffney.

Mr Gaffney's body parts were found in Clonee, Co Meath, earlier this month. His head is still missing, as detectives in Ashbourne continue their investigations.

Mr Prendergast was set upon outside the Bottom of The Hill pub at around 2pm when he was stabbed in the neck and back.

HORROR

Officers initially thought that the victim – who is from Ratoath Avenue in Finglas, north Dublin – would die, but last night the indications were that he would live.

"It was a horror show – the victim lost so much blood. He got some doing," said a source.

Two criminals, including an armed robber from Finglas, were being sought last night.

Gardai are probing whether the stab attack is linked to the murder of Prendergast's associate Kevin Ledwidge (27), shot dead in July 2007.

Ledwidge was gunned down when he answered his door. Gardai believe the shooting was linked to a row over damaged property.

Despite arrests, there have been no charges in the Ledwidge case.

Irish Independent

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