Wednesday 13 December 2017

Murdered dealer 'feared for life' over informant claims

Murdered: Christopher Gaffney
Murdered: Christopher Gaffney

A DRUG dealer whose dismembered remains were found in woodland may have been killed because gangsters suspected he was supplying information about other criminals.

Gardai are also investigating the possibility that Christopher Gaffney was killed as part of an ongoing feud linked to the murder of another young man.

Gaffney is suspected of helping to dispose of that man's body.

Yesterday, gardai completed the search for the heroin dealer's remains. His head is still missing.

The two lines of inquiry have emerged as gardai continue to probe the murder of the 37-year-old convicted drug dealer.

Sources said that Gaffney was "in fear of his life" from a criminal gang that wanted to kill him over suspicions he was an informant.

At an unreported court hearing this year it was claimed that Gaffney informed on a drug addict in his early 40s, who was part of a gang that Gaffney was involved with in the sale of heroin.

Gaffney expressed concerns in court that he would be considered an informant and would be in danger.

Security sources say that Gaffney was not a garda informer but the issues raised during that court case have provided one definite line of investigation.

Detectives are probing whether a dangerous criminal from Finglas murdered him over a bitter dispute which has been going on since 2010.

Gaffney was previously arrested by detectives probing the murder of a young man whose body was dumped in a field, but he was not charged in relation to the crime. The young man's case cannot be outlined here for legal reasons. Gardai believe Gaffney's remains were in the Co Meath field for up to seven weeks and that he was murdered at another location before being dumped there.

Ken Foy

Irish Independent

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