Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gardai seek more time to quiz gym shooting suspect

Sean Enright: had €20,000 price on head
Sean Enright: had €20,000 price on head
Paul Williams

Paul Williams

GARDAI are expected in court this morning to seek extra time to detain a suspected gunman, who is being questioned about the attempted murder of body-builder Sean Enright.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on Saturday afternoon by detectives from Finglas, investigating the shooting at a gym in Glasnevin, Dublin, last Wednesday.

It is understood the gunman, who didn't wear a mask, was captured on CCTV as he shot Enright five times in the neck and back.

Security sources described the attempted execution as "amateurish" and revealed the lone hitman drove to carry out the attack on his own. It is understood Mr Enright had a €20,000 price on his head but the bungling hitman was clearly nervous and forgot to burn out the getaway car.

The silver Mini used in the attack was hijacked in Lisburn, Co Antrim, on May 2. Two women later went back to torch the car but gardai located it before they got there and have recovered vital DNA evidence.

AMAZED

Mr Enright (33) is, meanwhile, said to be making a good recovery in the Mater Hospital where he is under armed garda protection. Doctors are amazed how he survived the attack – the bullets narrowly missed his heart and liver and just avoided snapping his spine.

He is expected to be released from hospital later in the week and has been interviewed by detectives at his bedside.

According to sources, Mr Enright stood up to the would-be assassin who was armed with a 9mm handgun and taunted him to "bring it on". Officers believe he can identify the gunman and that he may know who offered €20,000 to have him killed.

Gardai arrested the suspect in Tallaght on Saturday afternoon. It is understood the man had been in hiding from the criminal figure who ordered the attack on Mr Enright. Sources have revealed that the man is terrified he will also be murdered by the people who hired him.

Irish Independent

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