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Gang seen in victim's home minutes before he was gunned down

A GROUP of men got into drug dealer Sean Winters' apartment less than an hour before he was gunned down nearby in Portmarnock, the Herald can reveal.

Gardai investigating last Sunday's murder have talked to neighbours of the 40-year-old who saw two or three men in their 20s gain access to Winters' apartment with their own keys shortly before he was shot.

Detectives are now trying to trace these men, it is understood.

Mourners attended the funeral of Sean Winters yesterday at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede.

Winters was laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery. Neigh-bours of Winters have told the Herald there had been suspicious activity around his apartment just before he was gunned down in cold blood.

He was shot dead outside The Links apartments in Portmarnock at around 10.30pm on Sunday night. There was a verbal argument immediately prior to the fatal shots being fired.


But neighbours where Winters had lived for the past two months say a group of men gained access to his address less than an hour earlier.

Winters, who is originally from the Donaghmede area, had lived at the Seabrook Manor apartments prior to his death.

The Seabrook apartments are also on Station Road, where Winters was shot, but are further up the road and on the other side of the railway line.

"I thought it was strange. There was a group of young lads in their 20s that went into the apartment at around 10pm, and they seemed to have their own keys," one Seabrook resident told the Herald.

"As far as I was aware the guy lived in there on his own, but he only came here maybe two months ago, so I thought it was odd when I saw the guys coming in, especially because they were able to let themselves in," he added.

It is not yet known who the men were, or if Winters was in the apartment when they called, but less than an hour later, residents of the Links apartments further up Station Road said they heard angry voices and an argument before hearing bangs and then seeing Winters' body slumped on the pavement.