Suspects in the killing of innocent dad are involved in city feud
The chief suspects for the brutal murder of a 32-year-old man who was deliberately run over by a car in Tallaght are involved in a low-level feud in the Crumlin area of Dublin city.
Gardaí believe Stephen Lynch got involved in a verbal row with four men who were in a silver Ford Focus and was then driven over and dragged along the road.
Gardaí believe the car may have been driven back and forth over the victim as well. It is understood that Mr Lynch was also kicked as he lay unconscious on the ground. The driver of this car then fled the scene on foot and is suspected of getting into another car.
In the aftermath of the shocking incident, one of the suspects attempted to report to gardaí that his car had been stolen earlier on Thursday, it is reported.
"The unfortunate man who was killed on Thursday may have been targeted for simply saying the wrong thing to these people in the course of an argument," a source said. "Associates of these individuals have been involved in an escalating feud in Crumlin in recent weeks that has led to a number of violent incidents including two extremely serious assaults."
An associate of these men had almost €15,000 in cash seized from him when gardaí investigating the Crumlin feud raided a house in Tallaght earlier this month and he is known for using extreme violence.
However, murder victim Mr Lynch, who was from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, was not known to have any involvement in the Crumlin feud and was considered a "decent young man".
The two cars that are linked to Thursday's incident were not burned-out and have been seized by gardaí for forensic testing. A passer-by in Brookview Close tried to stop one of the men from escaping but was unsuccessful after a brief scuffle.
Garda Superintendent Peter Duff said Mr Lynch was "not involved in any form of criminality".
The victim was a father-of-three who had trained to be an electrician.
Gardaí want assistance from the public in providing information about two cars connected with the incident.
A silver Ford Focus hatchback, registration number 10WW1812, recovered at the scene of his death and a red wine coloured Volkswagen Polo, registration number 01D9539, found abandoned in Crumlin afterwards.
Friends and relatives arrived to lay flowers yesterday at the scene of the killing.
Neighbours said Mr Lynch was a popular man in the Tallaght area.
A 62-year-old man who visited the scene angrily criticised his killers as "animals".
"Stephen was a joy to be around. To me, he was like a young comedian. He was always a great bit of fun to meet," he said.