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Killer kept stash of weapons by bed

SUSPECTED contract killer Eric Wilson kept a stash of weapons next to his bed, police documents have revealed.

Detectives who searched his rented home in Spain while investigating a brutal murder in a nearby bar, found electronic detonators and cylinders filled with explosives in a bedside chest of drawers.

An explosives manual was also found there.

Officers seized the stash when they raided the house near Coin, southern Spain, last June after Wilson was arrested for the murder of British ex-pat Dan Smith in a local bar.

Wilson, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, was jailed last week for 23 years for the brutal murder.

The Irishman has been linked to 11 contract killings in Ireland and was questioned by gardai earlier this year in prison in Spain.

Irish Independent