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Feuding Gang boss king ratt's cousin facing weapons charges

THIS is the young cousin of gang boss King Ratt, who is being prosecuted on weapons and public order charges.

Aaron Rattigan (20) has appeared in court in connection with a disturbance in The Coombe, Dublin, a month after he was arrested for allegedly carrying a knife in the south inner city.

Dublin District Court heard the DPP is considering bringing further more serious charges against him arising from the public order incident. Meanwhile, the weapons case has also been adjourned.

King Ratt's cousin was remanded on continuing bail last week following this latest court appearance. He will appear again in court next month.

The accused, with an address at Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, is charged with public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at Wexford Street on March 13.

A garda sergeant told the court the State was seeking a remand because the DPP was considering "possible further charges of a more serious nature".

Judge Hugh O'Donnell asked the defendant if he had legal representation.

"Yeah, O'Higgins," Rattigan replied, referring to his solicitor, Cahir O'Higgins.

The weapons case is over an incident on March 18, when he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a knife at Dillon Place South in Dublin 8.

King Ratt is the leader of a gang involved in the deadly Crumlin-Drimnagh gang war.

The weapons charge against his cousin came after a wave of violence that has threatened to reignite the Crumlin Drimnagh feud, which has claimed the lives of 16 people.

Two shootings that took place at houses in Crumlin in March are believed to be linked to an earlier pub brawl in which a brother of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson -- Richie Thompson -- had his leg broken.

The gun attacks heightened fears that the uneasy peace had been shattered. The truce had been renegotiated by clergy with the assistance of older women linked to young men involved in the gangs.

But the negotiations, part of an ongoing process which has kept the seal on the blood-letting for almost two years, are under threat after the pub attack.

Taxi driver Richie Thompson (34) sustained a leg fracture and his wife Catherine Thompson (34) was knifed in the arm in the attack at the Karma Stone Bar on Wexford Street.

Members of the Emergency Response Unit were deployed in south Dublin at the time, but despite this gunmen still carried out a subsequent attack.

A drive-by shooting took place at a house in Crumlin while the other shooting happened on Kildare Road, Crumlin.

aphelan@herald.ie


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