Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lack of new evidence has stalled double-murder probe

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

GARDAI yesterday admitted the investigation into the murders of innocent plumber Anthony Campbell and gang leader Martin 'Marlo' Hyland has effectively stalled.

While new information will have to come to light if the brutal killers are to be brought to justice, gardai insisted the probe into the December 2006 murders remains "very much open".

The double murder sparked a huge investigation that included local members of the force, forensic teams and detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

It was established from an early stage that Hyland was the primary target of the gunmen and that Mr Campbell was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was executed with a single bullet fired at close range so he couldn't identify Hyland's killers to gardai.

The gunmen's getaway car, a black Volkswagen Passat, was fount burnt out a short distance from the scene after it was crashed into a series of bollards.

Meanwhile, the murder weapon, believed to be a semi-automatic handgun, was never recovered.

During the exhaustive investigation, more than 1,000 interviews were conducted, 580 witness statements were taken and gardai carried out searches of 42 premises. Detectives also profiled 87 "persons of interest" leading to 14 arrests.

However, no one has been charged with the murders and, four-and-a-half years on, the investigation has reached an impasse.

Irish Independent

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