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Gangster died of multiple gun injuries

Gangster Christopher Zambra died from internal injuries after he was shot in the chest, his inquest has heard.

Zambra (39) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12, was gunned down in broad daylight on the afternoon of May 4 this year.

He was ambushed on Cooley Road in Drimnagh as he drove to visit a family member. The gunmen continued to fire on him as he attempted to make his escape before he collapsed outside a house and died.

At Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday, the opening of the inquest into his death heard that Zambra's body was identified by his sister Sharon Farrington at the Dublin City Mortuary in Marino on the day after his death.

The post-mortem was carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster later that day. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell warned the family that the cause of death was "very upsetting".

In her preliminary report, Dr Bolster says that Zambra died as a result of "internal injuries due to gunshot wounds to the chest", he said.

Requesting an adjournment, Det Insp Liam Kelly told the coroner that the death is still under investigation.

Dr Farrell granted a six-month adjournment with the inquest due for further mention on February 26 next year.

Surveillance

Zambra was a suspected killer and drug dealer. He was acquitted in June last year of the February 2009 murder of drugs trafficker John Carroll who was shot dead at a pub in the Coombe.

Detectives believe that Zambra had been under detailed surveillance for a number of weeks before he was shot dead.

It is understood that the Criminal Assets Bureau were also in the process of securing a judgement against the slain gangster who was a notorious "ladies man" and had numerous affairs with women, some of whom were in relationships with other gangsters.

At least eight shots were fired at Zambra who was a member of the 'Mr Big' drugs organisation as he vainly ran for cover after his car was hemmed in.

One of the getaway cars was later found burnt out, along with a handgun used in the savage attack.

At least three men were involved in the attack which was most likley carried out by an INLA hitman.

Six shots were fired initially from the handgun into the Audi and Zambra, who was on his own in the car, climbed into the front passenger seat and stumbled out of the vehicle. Shots hit the windscreen, and more blasted out the driver's window. He ran along the pavement and into the garden of a house three doors away.

Zambra then collapsed in the garden and the gunman fired two or three further shots into his face.

kfoy@herald.ie


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