Monday 23 September 2019

Murder rate up by 33pc despite gang war cooling

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The number of murders committed in the capital this year has increased by almost 33pc compared to the same period last year.

So far in 2017 a total of 19 murders have been committed out in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, compared to 14 in the same period the previous year.

This is despite the outbreak of the Hutch/Kinahan feud in 2016, which led to eight murders being committed in the capital that year.

So far this year only one murder - the fatal shooting of Michael Keogh (38) in May - has been linked to the feud.

The figures were revealed by Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy, who oversees the DMR area, at a meeting of the council's Joint Policing Committee yesterday.

So far, gardaí investigating the 19 murders this year have made 19 arrests, while seven people have been charged as part of these investigations.

Officers have also carried out 42 searches as part of murder probes, which have resulted in eight firearms being seized and a total of 3,991 investigative tasks have been carried out.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Daithí de Róiste, who chairs the JPC, said that the ongoing Garda effort had ensured that these figures were not higher.

"While it is worrying to see that murders have increased, the latest operations carried out by gardaí show that they are on top of things.

"It proves that, when given the resources, what gardaí can achieve. I have no doubt that this figure would be higher if not for their continuing effort against organised crime, which can be seen with the recent high-profile arrests," Mr de Róiste said.

It has also emerged that the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is currently carrying out more than 300 investigations into suspected criminals in the capital.

Det Chief Supt Pat Clavin, who heads the bureau, said that they had a number of laws to work with when they suspected that people were living off the proceeds of crime.

In total, there are 305 investigations being conducted, 218 have been described as full-time, while a further 87 are being carried out on a preliminary basis.

There are currently 83 local divisional asset profilers assisting CAB, providing intelligence and nominating targets who have been flaunting their ill-gotten gains.

Irish Independent

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