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Thursday 14 December 2017

Man charged with murder of gangland figure

John Wilson: shot dead more than a week ago
John Wilson: shot dead more than a week ago
Keith O'Neill leaving court after he was charged with the murder of John Wilson
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

ONE man has been charged with the murder of gangland figure John Wilson who was gunned down in Dublin more than a week ago.

The 35-year-old was shot dead in Ballyfermot over a small debt owed to a drug-trafficking gang.

Keith O'Neill (37), who was arrested in Ballyfermot hours after the shooting, was charged at Cloverhill District Court on Saturday with the murder of Mr Wilson.

It is understood a criminal gang had put out a contract for Mr Wilson's murder and the Director of Public Prosecutions granted a murder charge to be brought against the suspect on Friday.

Mr O'Neill, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody for questioning under anti-gang legislation. When the charge was put to him, he responded: "Yous (sic) have the wrong man."

He will appear again before the court on October 12.

Three other men, arrested on Wednesday, have been released without charge.

Mr Wilson was shot in the back by his killer, who followed him into the hallway of his home at Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, minutes after he had collected his daughter from school.

Gardai later found the murder weapon in a burnt-out Volkswagen Passat estate car in nearby Cherry Orchard Crescent.

The shooting of Mr Wilson was the third gangland killing in five days and the 13th gang murder so far this year, compared with a total of 11 for all of last year.

Irish Independent

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