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Prime suspect in Daniel murder traced back to 'notorious thug family'

THE SUSPECTED killer of Daniel McAnaspie is from a notorious thug family -- the father a sex attacker who was also caught beating a woman.

The Herald can reveal that the young man who allegedly murdered Daniel is also a suspect for another recent knife attack in the Whitestown area.

The man, in his 20s and from the Clonsilla area, is the son of a man who has convictions for assault. Another male relative, in his 20s, has assaulted and robbed people in the Clonsilla area.

Gardai are building a case against the suspect, who they believe murdered Daniel after a verbal row at a bonfire in the Whitestown area on February 26 last.

Daniel (17) died after he was stabbed at least six times. A post-mortem examination indicated the cause of death was a fatal throat wound.

His body was dumped in a field at Rathfeigh, Co Meath, after he was murdered.

Gardai have known the chief suspect's identity for some time. The young man is a notorious figure in the Clonsilla area and has previously come to garda attention for public order matters. His status as a suspect is widely known locally in the Whitestown area.

He is the son of a man from north Co Dublin who has a number of assault convictions, one of which is for sexual assault. Another of these convictions relates to a physical assault on a woman.

A source told the Herald: "The Daniel suspect and his father are notorious figures, and the father is known to gardai across north Dublin and the south inner city.

"The apple did not fall far from the tree. His son is a dangerous, anti-social lout who is clearly out of control. He is also suspected of stabbing another young person in Whitestown, but the person never reported the incident.

Full details of the family's convictions cannot be revealed for legal reasons, but another male relative of the suspect has preyed on teenagers in a series of knife robberies in west Dublin in recent years.

Gardai are appealing for information about the killing, following the discovery of Daniel's body last week in a ditch, close to a field off the N2 Dublin to Derry road. The field was rented by a farmer to another person.

Supt Dave Dowling said that some people in the communities of Finglas and Blanchardstown were traumatised. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 01-666 7000.