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Sunday 22 October 2017

Beating victim in Sheriff Street feud stays silent

A MAN badly beaten in a street attack linked to the Sheriff Street feud has refused to make a complaint to gardai.

The beating, linked to the bloody feud which has already claimed four lives, took place an hour after a shooting at Swords last Monday morning.

An associate of gang boss Christy Griffin was shot a number of times at 8.10am in the assassination attempt -- but managed to escape.

Less than an hour later a man connected to the other faction in the feud was set upon by two young men in Lower Oriel St. The attackers are both known associates of jailed gang boss Griffin.

The injured man was left unconscious. He suffered broken ribs, a broken collar bone and other injuries.

But he discharged himself from the Mater Hospital later and garda sources indicated that he did not make a formal complaint about the attack -- despite its severe nature.

Later detectives arrested three suspects, aged 55, 32 and 19, and questioned them at Store St Garda Station station. All three were later released.

The two attacks set in motion a major garda operation with armed detectives and Emergency Response Units being assigned to both areas, in Swords and the north inner city.

At the centre of the feud is jailed gangster Griffin, who appeared in the Court of Criminal Appeal last Monday, which ruled against his application to send his case for consideration to the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, on grounds of "exceptional public importance".

He is serving a life sentence for the rape of his partner's daughter over an eight-year period, when she was aged between eight and 16.

Hours before his appeal case was due to get under way his known associate was the target of the assassination attempt in Swords.

He was hit at least twice in the hand and leg but jumped a fence in his back garden at Boroimhe, Swords and ran through neighbours' gardens as the gunman made his getaway from the scene.

The situation is being monitored closely by uniform gardai and detectives from inner city stations backed up by specialist units.

Last July Stephen "Madser" Byrne became the latest fatality in the feud.

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