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Prime suspects held over young father's murder

TWO prime suspects wanted for the murder of a young father who was shot dead and buried in a shallow grave were being questioned by gardai last night.

Both are in their late teens and are regarded by gardai as being crucial to the ongoing investigation into the murder of Lee Slattery (24) in Limerick earlier this year.

Slattery was shot dead and buried in a shallow grave on the outskirts of the city last May.

The father-of-one from Monabraher Road, Ballynanty, Limerick, suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to the head, before his remains were buried by his killers. His body was found by family members in open ground area off Knockalisheen Road on May 31.

As part of the ongoing investigation, five men -- including the two prime suspects -- and three women were arrested by gardai yesterday morning. Officers raided homes in Limerick city, west Limerick and Co Clare. All were being questioned last night about the murder.

The chief suspect is a 17-year-old from the northside of Limerick city. His parents were also arrested yesterday. Despite his young age, he is regarded as a ruthless individual with an extremely violent streak and is associated with the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

He was twice arrested this year in connection with attempts to murder a notorious criminal connected to the Collopy criminal gang. He refused to reveal anything to gardai.

The other individual who officers are believe was involved in the Slattery murder is a young man from the Moyross area of the city.

Gardai believe Slattery may have been murdered after he fell into a small drugs debt with notorious criminals.