Suspect in Dean Johnson (21) murder set to flee the country
A crack cocaine dealer suspected of direct involvement in the murder of 21-year-old Dean Johnson, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity, is planning to flee abroad.
Sources have revealed that the gangster - who was strongly linked to murdered crime figure Jason 'Jay' Carroll - plans to set up operations in a European country not known for gangland activity.
"He is not long out of prison and is planning to bolt. It is expected that he will be joined by some of his other associates - who may also have had some degree of involvement in the Johnson murder," a senior source revealed.
"He has been keeping his head down since he got out of jail and has now decided to move abroad, where there will be far less heat on him."
A total of 13 people, including a number of women, have been arrested by officers investigating the murder of Mr Johnson, who was shot dead at Harelawn Green in Clondalkin at 12.20am on August 24, 2013.
The murdered man was the innocent victim of a west Dublin feud in which he had no involvement.
It has emerged that the Johnson murder suspect who is planning to leave the country in the coming weeks is "terrified" of reprisal attacks from the intended target of the murder - a notorious hitman who is in jail in a special protection unit.
"It will be a long time before the other fella is released, but he has already vowed to shoot dead the individual who is planning to set himself up in Europe," the source said.
The Herald previously revealed that the jailed hitman was boasting to his associates about his plans to kill four of his gangster rivals on the same night in a sick plot which echoes a scene from the hit show Breaking Bad.
One of these targets is understood to be the crack cocaine dealer planning to leave Ireland.
The jailed hitman is the chief suspect for the murder of dad-of-three 'Jay' Carroll (39), who died at his Clondalkin home after an attack five days after the Johnson murder.