Man (20s) found shot dead in field was close associate of feud victim
- Body discovered around midday by person out for a walk
- It is believed the man sustained gunshot wounds to the head
- Man's car located in Leixlip
- Gardai are investigating if there is a link to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud
The young man found dead in a field on the Meath/Kildare border today was a close associate of a man killed in the Hutch/Kinahan feud.
The victim also narrowly avoided a previous attempt on his life.
Gardai are investigating if there is a link between the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud to the discovery of his body today.
The grim discovery was made at approximately midday today.
Gardai have now confirmed the man's body was found in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne near the Meath/Kildare border.
It is believed a person walking in the area found the body lying in a ditch in the field.
It is understood the man has sustained gunshot wounds to the head.
However, the state pathologist will be required to establish the cause of death.
Gardai have yet to confirm the man's identity but believe he may be a young man in his 20s who had been reported missing yesterday.
The man was before the courts last month on firearms charges after a large quantity of ammunition was found in Dublin last year.
At the time of the court case, the man was released on bail but his defence lawyer asked that his next court date not be read out in open court as there was "a threat on his life".
It is understood he had also narrowly avoided a previous attempt on his life.
The man's car was located in Leixlip.
An incident room has been established at Ashbourne Garda Station and gardai say enquiries are ongoing.
Fianna Fail Councillor for Dunboyne Damien O’Reilly went to visit the scene where the body was found today but said the roads were cordoned off by gardai.
"Im deeply saddened and shocked this took place in Dunboyne, I encourage anyone who was in the area today or last night to make contact with Ashbourne gardai.
"It’s not something you want to hear coming up to Christmas especially. This is a very quiet, very remote area and there’s only a few houses out here. I feel sorry for the person who made this discovery.”
Meath Fianna Fail TD Thomas Byrne spoke out about the killing on Twitter saying: “I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the murder which has lead gardai to discover the body of a man outside Dunboyne near the Kildare border. I know that all of society condemns this and supports our Gardaí fully as they investigate. Totally mindless.”
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