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Man arrested in dawn raid suspected of luring Keane to grisly fate

  • Second man held may have 'cleaned up' scene, say gardai

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Gardai arrest the suspect in Rathmullen estate yesterday

Gardai arrest the suspect in Rathmullen estate yesterday

Gardai arrest the suspect in Rathmullen estate yesterday

A man who gardai believe lured teenager Keane Mulready-Woods to his death was one of two criminals arrested in dawn raids by officers investigating the murder that shocked the nation last month.

More than two dozen officers were involved in an arrest operation at two locations in Drogheda that began shortly after 7.30am yesterday.

Two men, who are suspected of being involved in the barbaric murder of the 17-year-old, were still being questioned last night under anti-gangland legislation.

Our exclusive photos show one of the suspects, a 38-year-old Drogheda criminal, being arrested at an address in the Rathmullen Park area of the town.

He is suspected of playing a major role in luring Keane to the house in which he was butchered on the night of January 12.

The arrested criminal is a major drugs user and previously served jail time in relation to a stabbing attack on a completely innocent man.

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Arrested man is put in a garda car and taken for questioning

Arrested man is put in a garda car and taken for questioning

Arrested man is put in a garda car and taken for questioning

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He was taken to Balbriggan Garda Station where he remained last night.

It is expected he may also be questioned about his alleged links to a stolen Volvo V40, which was abandoned and set alight in a laneway in Ballybough in Dublin's north inner city.

Keane's head was found in the vehicle in the early hours of January 15.

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Teenage murder victim Keane Mulready-Woods

Teenage murder victim Keane Mulready-Woods

Teenage murder victim Keane Mulready-Woods

At around the same time that the 38-year-old drug addict was being picked up by detectives, a 51-year-old man was arrested in a nearby housing estate where he had been living with a relative.

The middle-aged criminal is considered a key member of the anti-Maguire mob and is suspected of having vital information about Keane's murder.

A property in Rathmullen Park closely connected to the suspect was searched over a number of days after the murder, and gardai believe the teenager was killed at this location.

The arrested man was a close associate of feud murder victim Keith Branigan, and is suspected of destroying evidence at the home where gardai believe Keane was killed.

House furniture belonging to the man was found burnt-out in a green area close to his home, while burnt clothing was also recovered.

The criminal was also allegedly caught on CCTV in the aftermath of Keane's murder buying items that gardai believe helped cover up evidence.

A source said the suspect was closely linked to Branigan while also being a trusted associate of the 25-year-old mob boss leading the anti-Maguire faction, who is currently on the run in Spain.

Branigan was the first fatality of the Drogheda feud when he was gunned down in a caravan park in Clogherhead last August 27.

"A large amount of evidence has been recovered from the arrested man's home and he is very much suspected of helping the gang who carried out the teenager's murder," the source said.

"He has known links to the anti-Maguire gang and would be considered a trusted member of the group."

The 51-year-old was still being held at Drogheda Garda Station yesterday evening.

Gardai announced details of the arrests yesterday. They are the first in the massive investigation, and more are expected in the coming weeks.

The suspects can be held for up to seven days.

Psychopathic

Earlier this week, the Herald revealed that gardai are investigating reports that one of the chief suspects in Keane's murder has fled to Istanbul.

The psychopathic 35-year-old Dublin criminal has not been on the radar of gardai for a number of weeks now.

He had been living in Co Meath, and is believed to have spent time in Northern Ireland and England before doing a runner to Turkey.

Gardai say two brothers, who are in their 20s and considered the Drogheda leaders of the gang that murdered Keane, have fled via the UK to Spain.

It emerged yesterday that one of them is now in custody there, accused of assaulting a woman.

Another suspect in Keane's murder is currently locked up in Mountjoy Prison over a separate matter.

The thug, aged 24, was questioned by gardai earlier this month.


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