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Killer 'shot in leg after refusing to get off wall'

A convicted killer and sex offender was shot by a man who is well-known to him when he refused to get off a wall when ordered to.

Notorious criminal Derek Clarke (35) is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg with an air rifle at 6pm yesterday at Drogheda's Moneymore estate.

Officers this morning arrested a 19-year-old man who is described as "the only suspect in the case".

A senior source told the Herald: "This shooting was not linked to Clarke's lengthy criminal past – instead, an argument broke out when Clarke refused to get off a wall.


"He is expected to make a good recovery and gardai know exactly where we are going on this one."

In July 2005, Clarke, who is nicknamed 'The Panther', was jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a 57-year-old man who he claimed sexually molested his girlfriend while they slept rough in Dublin.

Clarke pushed victim Martin Reilly away after he had put his arm around the woman.

Mr Reilly got up to walk away but Clarke followed him and punched him several times.

Mr Reilly fell and hit his head on concrete while Clarke turned away, returning to the woman.

In a separate case, Clarke pleaded guilty at Dundalk District Court in January 2002 to four counts of sexual assault.