Sunday 22 April 2018

Trevor Deely dig: Criminal with a 'guilty conscience' led to tip-off

Information on new suspect came from a fellow criminal

Gardai and excavation workers at the scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin this morning..Trevor went missing almost 17 years ago from the Haddington Road area of the city.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A garda at the entrance to the site of the search near the Liffey off the Old Lucan Road, Chapelizod, Dublin. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

An informant who has alleged that a member of a dysfunctional crime family shot and buried missing Trevor Deely came forward due to a guilty conscience, gardaí believe.

The criminal told investigating detectives he had no interest in the €100,000 reward being offered for any significant information in relation to Mr Deely's disappearance, but instead said he cannot keep the information a secret any longer.

Missing Trevor Deely
Missing Trevor Deely

Senior sources last night said the individual's reluctance to seek any reward for giving up "significant" information about the case gave "further credence" to his statements.

"On the face of it there is no ulterior motive for this individual giving this specific and significant information to gardaí," they said.

Mr Deely was 22 when he vanished following a night out in Dublin city centre almost 17 years ago.

Following the recent tip-off gardaí prepared a search of a three-acre wooded site in Chapelizod, west Dublin.

Gardaí had been told that Mr Deely was shot following an interaction with a Crumlin criminal, who was not known to him. His body was then taken to the wooded area in Chapelizod where the remains were buried, according to the informant.

A detailed excavation of the site will be carried out by gardaí in the coming days.

The Bank of Ireland employee was last seen in the early hours of December 8, 2000, in the Haddington Road area of the city centre.

The last known images of him were captured by a CCTV camera at the junction of Haddington Road and Baggot Street at 4.14am.

A man dressed in black, who gardaí believe also spoke to Mr Deely outside his place of work minutes previously, can be seen following him in the direction of Haddington Road.

This footage was only made public earlier this year after a specialist unit, set up in Pearse Street garda station to review the case, secured improved CCTV images.

The individual who has given information to gardaí has not supplied any motive for the alleged murder of Mr Deely, but claimed that he was killed after having an interaction with the Crumlin criminal on the morning of his disappearance.

The alleged suspect, who can not be named for legal reasons, is a well-known criminal who has been involved in various forms of criminality over several decades.

This man and his associates were suspected of involvement in the drug trade, particularly heroin, in the south inner-city and south Dublin area throughout the 1990s.

"They would have been responsible for trafficking heroin into the country and supplying it in and around their local area.

"However, as is often the case, they began using their own products and eventually became irrelevant in the capital's underworld," a senior source said last night.

His family has also been involved in a litany of crimes, including firearms offences and the sale and supply of drugs. Two of his siblings, who were involved in criminality, are now deceased.

Associates of the alleged suspect were involved in running street prostitution in the Baggot Street area at the time of Mr Deely's disappearance.

This criminal gang has also been investigated for the unsolved murder of 21-year-old prostitute Sinead Kelly in the same locality. Ms Kelly, from Santry in Dublin, was brutally stabbed to death on the banks of the Grand Canal off Baggot Street on June 22, 1998.

Timeline of Trevor Deely's disappearance

Thursday, December 7, 2000: Trevor Deely finishes work at Bank of Ireland Asset Management at Leeson Street Bridge and goes to Copper Face Jacks nightclub, on Harcourt Street, with colleagues.

Friday, December 8: Trevor and his friends go to Buck Whaley's, on Lower Leeson Street. He leaves the nightclub at 3.25am.

3.30am: Trevor arrives at his office and is seen speaking briefly to a man believed to be taking shelter there. Gardaí want to speak to this man after CCTV footage was enhanced. Trevor enters the office and logs on to his computer. He has a cup of tea with a colleague who is working the night shift.

4am: Trevor leaves his office with a bank umbrella as it is raining heavily at the time.

4.06am: Trevor rings his friend Glen Cullen, who is asleep in Naas, Co Kildare. He leaves a voicemail telling him he will call later.

4.14am: Trevor is recorded on CCTV walking past Bank of Ireland, at the junction of Haddington Road and Baggot Street Bridge. This is now a pizza restaurant. His back is to the corner of this junction. Enhanced footage shows a man walking a short distance behind him. Gardaí are investigating if this is the man seen speaking briefly to Trevor at 3.30am. This is the last sighting of Trevor.

April 2017: In the years since Trevor's disappearance, his family have made numerous appeals for information. In April of this year, a €100,000 reward was offered for information. His family issued an emotional plea for a man seen talking to Trevor on the night he vanished, in December 2000, to come forward.

August 2017: It was announced gardaí were to begin digging at a site in Chapelizod, some 8km from where Trevor was last seen.

Irish Independent

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