Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man faces charges over gun murder of leading gang figure

Mourners and relatives at the funeral yesterday of murdered John Wilson, who was shot dead in Ballyfermot a week ago
after dropping his young daughter off at a neighbour's house
Mourners and relatives at the funeral yesterday of murdered John Wilson, who was shot dead in Ballyfermot a week ago after dropping his young daughter off at a neighbour's house

Tom Brady Security Editor

A MAN is to be charged this morning with the murder of gangland figure John Wilson at his home in west Dublin yesterday week.

The suspect was arrested in Ballyfermot hours after the shooting. He was detained under anti-gang legislation and had been held for questioning for the past seven days.

The DPP last night gave the go-ahead for a murder charge to be brought against the suspect, who is in his 30s.

Gardai are satisfied that Mr Wilson was murdered because of a relatively small debt to a local drug -rafficking gang.

Intelligence indicated that the gang had put out a contract on him.

He 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 and dropped her off at a neighbour's.

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

During follow-up raids last Wednesday detectives arrested four more suspects and seized a second car at an address in Ronanstown.

The shooting of Mr Wilson (35), a father of two, 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.

Letter

The suspect will be brought before Dublin District Court this morning. The other four men are still being questioned.

One of Mr Wilson's two jailed brothers yesterday pledged he would find out who killed him. In a letter read out at Mr Wilson's funeral in Ballyfermot, Keith Wilson said his brother was "not a drug dealer or a gunman".

"I promise you, I will make it my mission in life to find out who did this to you," the letter read. Keith Wilson is serving a life sentence for murder.

Another brother, Eric, who is serving 23 years in a Spanish jail for murdering a British criminal, also sent a letter in which he said John Wilson had lived for his wife and family.

Meanwhile, a man was also being questioned last night at Kevin Street garda station in connection with the murder of Declan O'Reilly last Monday week. Mr O'Reilly's murder is thought to be linked to the fatal stabbing of gang thug Derek Glennon in Mountjoy jail in 2007. Three years later a jury acquitted Mr O'Reilly of Mr Glennon's murder.

Gardai are also making significant progress in their investigation into the third gangland hit, on Gerard Eglington, at his home in Portarlington, Co Laois, on Monday week.

His death is believed to be linked to the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud, which has claimed more than a dozen lives.

Irish Independent

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