Sunday 25 February 2018

Man and woman arrested after shooting in basement flat

Duo arrested in connection with suspected murder of man in North Dublin on Sunday night

The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead
The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead
The scene on the North Circular road where a man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
Forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting on the North Circular Road in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Two people have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of a man in North Dublin on Sunday night.

Finglas man Gary O’Brien was found dead in a basement flat of a property in the capital’s North Circular Road.

Officers originally suspected that the gunshot wound he suffered to his head had been self-inflicted.

But gardaí have so far been unable to locate the gun.

The scene on the North Circular road where a man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The scene on the North Circular road where a man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Now, Independent.ie has learned that two people, a man and a woman, have been arrested and are being held on suspicion of Mr O'Brien's murder.

The pair were detained after searches late last night.

The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.

One is being questioned in Store Street Station while the second is being held in the Bridewell.

They can be held for up to 24 hours.

Forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting on the North Circular Road in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting on the North Circular Road in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Mr O’Brien was known to gardaí for minor offences but was not considered a criminal.

Sources say gardaí also found evidence of drug taking in the property where the fatal shooting happened.

A woman who was seen leaving the property on Sunday night had “a lot of blood” on one side of her body and was heard mumbling “he is dead”, according to eye-witnesses.

A post-mortem on Mr O’Brien’s remains took place at Dublin City Mortuary yesterday.

A Garda spokesman has confirmed that a man in his mid 30s and a woman in her late 30s were arrested late last night and early this morning.

They are being held under section 50 of the criminal justice act. They can be questioned for up to seven days.

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