Monday 20 November 2017

Gun used in murder is tested for link to other 'hits'

Tom Brady Security Editor

BALLISTICS tests are being carried out on a gun believed to have been used in the gangland murder of John Wilson at his west Dublin home on Friday.

The weapon was discovered in the burnt-out getaway car, which was abandoned by the killers at Cherry Orchard Crescent. The brown Volkswagen Passat estate had been stolen from a house in Celbridge, Co Kildare, two days before the shooting.

Wilson (35), a father of two, was gunned down in the hallway of his home at Cloverhill Road in Ballyfermot, minutes after he had collected his eight-year-old daughter from school and dropped her at a neighbour's house for the afternoon.

The gunman followed him into the hallway of his home and shot him in the back.

Gardai are now trying to establish the history of the weapon to determine if it had been used in any previous shootings.

Officers believe Wilson was murdered because of a recent clash he had with a local drug-trafficking gang.

A man in his early 30s, who was arrested hours after the shooting on Friday night, was still being questioned last night at Ballyfermot garda station.

Meanwhile, gardai say they are making progress in their hunt for the killers of another gangland figure, Gerard Eglington, who was shot in front of his children at his home in Portarlington, Co Laois, on Monday week.

Feuding

Officers are continuing to sift through footage taken from CCTV cameras around the town and particularly in the Kilnacourt Woods estate, where the victim lived.

But they have also extended the footage trawl to the routes between Portarlington and Dublin to gain additional information about the killers.

The two suspected gunmen were thought to have been in the town in the days leading up to his murder as they made preparations for the shooting.

They were not masked when they shot him and officers think the "hit" on Eglington was done as a favour to members of a feuding south Dublin gang, who had threatened to kill him.

In the third gangland murder investigation, forensic tests are being completed on a 9mm gun used to kill Declan O'Reilly, who was shot in front of his 11-year-old son on the South Circular Road in Dublin, 12 hours after the Eglington shooting.

The gun was found in a burnt-out car that was abandoned at O'Curry Avenue. The vehicle had been stolen in Clondalkin the previous week.

Irish Independent

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