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Killer wrote to gangland thug

THIS is the brutal gangland thug who was the recipient of vile letters written by the teen convicted of murdering tragic Melanie McCarthy McNamara.

Daniel McDonnell (19) was behind bars when he wrote to Ballyfermot gang boss Lee McDonnell (22) from St Patrick's Institution.

This letter proved to be a major part of the successful prosecution against the killer from Brookview Lawns, Tallaght.

Sources say that Daniel, who is not related to Lee, "idolised him and was trying to impress him" when he sent the letter.

The sickening letter that Daniel wrote was read by a prison officer who then passed it on to his bosses and gardai. He wrote: "Keep running all them up onto protection because this war ain't stopping. Take my word for it. Close-range head shots. That's what I'm going for. If I get High Court bail I swear on my whole family, them four will be in the ground.


"Two in the head. The b**ch is dead. The silly mother f**k pulled out a hammer. Little did he know I had a loaded 12-gauge. Left his b***h all over the Sunday World front page.

"I'll never forget that mug. Ha ha. The best night of my life.

"We'll make a few plans. Bunch of b***hes up there. Show them the McDonnells run the show. Ha Ha."

This document is one of the main reasons why Daniel McDonnell is now serving a life sentence for Melanie's murder.

Lee McDonnell is currently serving sentences totalling five years for attacking a shopkeeper with the butt of a replica handgun and a separate machete attack on a 25-year-old who was lured to an apartment block in Ballyfermot.

Meanwhile, other damning evidence against Daniel McDonnell included another letter he wrote to his then girlfriend and graffiti he wrote on a cell wall in Tallaght Garda Station after being arrested for Melanie's murder.

This graffiti included "Moran scummy knacker" and "Moran Scum" which referred to Melanie's boyfriend, Christy Moran, who was sitting in front of Melanie when she was shot dead.

"I'll do 25 on D to life, while you're crying Pikey," continued the graffiti as well as "Two in the head. Your b***h is dead."

A source explained: "Daniel McDonnell is the only one responsible for his conviction in this case – no one else. It was all about the graffiti and the letters and this was his undoing."

At the time that he murdered Melanie, Daniel McDonnell was on bail for the possession of a sawn-off shotgun that was found in his bedroom in August 2011 when he was just aged 16.

McDonnell was later jailed for two-and-a-half years for that offence.