The lack of any CCTV cameras around the area where ‘Baby Maria’ was found earlier this month may have prompted a drugs gang to use the same spot to dump the murder victim found in the early hours of this morning.
Gardai said there was no known connection between today's grim discovery and the finding of the newborn girl on May 8th.
The body of the south Dublin man, who was well known to gardai, was found in the same gateway on Steelstown Lane, off Junction 5 on the N7 motorway in the early hours yesterday.
Gardai received a call about the body at 2.50am and at first it was believed the man may have been the victim of a hit-and-run. However, preliminary examination of the body showed he had suffered multiple stab wounds.
It is believed the man, who was in his 30s and from the Crumlin area may have been murdered by members of a drug gang for what a garda source described as the "usual reason - money". It was thought the man may have owed a debt to members of one of the south city drug gangs who also have members living in the west County Dublin and Kildare area.
Gardai were at first perplexed at the discovery of the body in the exact spot where Baby Maria, who is now said to be thriving, was found and are still, officially, not ruling out any link. It was at first thought there might have been some kind of morbid link between the dumping of the body and discovery of the baby.
However, detectives believe that the drugs gang suspected of yesterday’s murder may have taken notice of media reports surrounding the discovery of the baby which mentioned the fact that there is an absence of CCTV in and around Junction 5 and Steelstown.
One source said that the gang would have noticed that the Steelstown turn-off from the motor is one of the first places along the N7 out of Dublin where there is no CCTV coverage at all. From Junction 5, Steelstown Lane leads uphill through agricultural land towards Beech Park Golf Club and the hill at Slievethoul.
The gateway where the body and baby were left leads on to arable land.
In a press briefing earlier today, gardai made an appeal for information.
Officers received a call at 3am this morning to their Command and Control Centre on Harcourt Square from a member of the public. Gardai immediately responded and went to the scene at Steelstown Lane in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. On arrival, they discovered the body of a man in his 30s .
Medical assistance was sought but the victim was pronounced dead a short while later.
The scene has been preserved and Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster will conduct the post mortem examination at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.
An incident room has been set up in Clondalkin Garda Station and a detailed search of the area is being conducted. Gardai are also examining any CCTV footage close to the area in question.
Superintendent Brendan Connolly speaking at Clondalkin Garda Station this afternoon outlined that; "Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the area of Steelstown lane last night / early this morning or to anyone who can assist with this investigation to contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01-6667600, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
"We are very anxious to speak with anyone who travelled on Steelstown Lane between 12 midnight last night and 3 a.m. this morning and urge them to contact us at Clondalkin Garda Station."
Superintendent Connolly advised that "at this early stage of the investigation no link has been established between this incident and the discovery of a baby girl in the same vicinity in recent weeks”
Gardai were withholding the identity of the dead man today in order to ensure members of his family were contacted and informed.
However, it is known that man is a relative 21-year-old Darren Guerrine who was shot dead by a south Dublin drugs gang, posing at the time as ‘dissident’ republicans and terming themselves the ‘Real’ IRA, in February 2008.
Darren Guerrine was said to have been an ‘ordinary’ young man from the Bluebell area, near the Grand Canal where he was murdered, but involved in minor drug dealing. He was said to have been killed out of ‘spite’ on the orders of a local ‘Real’ IRA man who is now serving a lengthy sentence for serious offences.
The gateway at Steelstown was sealed off for the second time in three weeks yesterday as Garda forensic officers carried out a detailed examination of the scene, yet again. However, sources said, the indications were that the victim was murdered elsewhere, probably in Dublin, and the body dumped where it was found.
Gardai have made no progress in identifying Baby Maria who was found on the afternoon of May 8th by a local man who was out for a walk. The baby was wrapped in a black PVC refuse sack and a Marks & Spencer shopping bag.
The Garda press office appealed to any witnesses who may have been in the area of Steelstown lane late last night or early this morning or to anyone who can assist with this investigation to contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01-6667600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.