Saturday 24 February 2018

Prime suspect quizzed over granddad's murder

Edward O'Connor
Edward O'Connor
A general view of a crime scene on the Ballycoolin Road in Finglas where Edward O'Connor was shot dead. Photo: Collins

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI are questioning the prime suspect for the savage murder of a grandfather at the weekend.

Officers arrested the 22-year-old man as they extended their inquiries into the shooting of 41-year-old Edward O'Connor.

He was shot repeatedly in the back as he walked away from a fist fight at Ballycoolin Road in Finglas, west Dublin, on Sunday evening.

The fight had been arranged between two men, including Mr O'Connor's son Darren, to sort out a grievance between two families following an incident in a pub in Finglas earlier in the weekend.

The incident is part of an ongoing feud between the groups -- since a young woman made a complaint to gardai last year that she had been abused by Edward O'Connor when she was a girl. The DPP later directed against a criminal prosecution.

After the shooting, gardai had been searching for the 22-year-old man overnight. He was taken to Blanchardstown station where he was being questioned under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. Under this anti-gangland legislative measure, he can be held without charge for up to seven days.

On Sunday, gardai detained another man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s. They were also being held last night under section 50 at Finglas station.

The woman is understood to be related to the prime suspect.

Gardai have appealed to anybody with information to contact them on 01 6667500, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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