Wednesday 24 January 2018

House examined in headless body case

Ken Foy

GARDAI have forensically examined a house where they believe a drug dealer – whose head and one of his feet are still missing – was stabbed to death.

Forensic experts spent hours yesterday combing the property at the Ashmount estate in Blakestown, west Dublin, as the net on Christopher Gaffney's killers continued to close.

The drug dealer's head and part of his foot are still missing as the detailed investigation into the most gruesome gangland murder of the year gathers pace.

It is understood that he was murdered almost six weeks before his arm was found by pheasant-hunters over three weeks ago in Clonee, Co Meath.

Detectives investigating the shocking killing are satisfied that he was murdered in a property in the Blakestown area following a bitter row.

REHAB

Gardai are now investigating if the row stemmed from the fact that Gaffney had been selling 'gear' to the killers' sister after she tried to kick her drugs habit and had undergone rehab treatment.

"But Gaffney continued to sell the stuff to her when she got out and when these two fellas found out, they went absolutely mental– he had already been in a long-standing cash dispute with them which was linked to an incident in which Eastern European criminals tried to break into his house a couple of months before he went missing," a source said.

Gardai are working on the theory that Gaffney was stabbed to death at the Blakestown property.

During the week, Christopher's sister, Rachel (32), appealed for her brother's killers to return his head.

"We don't even know what way to bury him or what plans to make because of the way his body was left," she said.

Irish Independent

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