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Thursday 19 October 2017

Child rapist's pal shot as court date revives Griffin feud

A PAL of gangster Christy Griffin was shot to coincide with a court appearance by the jailed rapist, it is believed.

The man was hit in the hand and leg as he was pursued through his house in Swords, North Co Dublin, yesterday morning.

Gardai believe he is a victim of the bitter feud which erupted between former friends after Griffin was accused of the rape of his partner's daughter.

Less than an hour after the shooting, another man was left unconscious after being attacked near his home - as he prepared to bring his children to school.

The second man is understood to be a member of a rival faction in the ongoing feud. He was left unconscious after being beaten at Oriel Street, in the north inner city.

The man targeted in the Swords attack was fired at in a similar fashion to an attack depicted on RTE drama Love/Hate the previous night.

The gunmen ambushed the man at the front and back door of his house in a tactic shown in the crime series.

Gardai now believe that the hit attempt, at 8.10am yesterday, was carried out to coincide with Griffin's appeal against his rape conviction, which failed yesterday.

Griffin (40), from Ridgewood Green, Swords, was convicted of 11 counts of rape between 1993 and 2001 and jailed for life. His victim was aged between eight and 16 when the abuse took place.

Yesterday, the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled against permitting Griffin, who is originally from the north inner city, to take his appeal case to the Supreme Court.

Gardai are satisfied that yesterday's attacks are linked to the bloody north inner city gang war that broke out following the rape allegations.

Five men have been killed as part of the feud, with the first murder taking place in December 2006.

The man shot in Swords is a close associate of Griffin's. The father of one was targeted in Boroimhe, Cedars.

His partner, who was in the house at the time of the incident, was not injured.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital and the scene was sealed off for a garda technical examination.



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The victim, who is in his 30s, had left his home earlier but returned at around 8.10am.

As he was entering the house, he was pounced on by masked gunmen who fired six shots from a handgun.

Despite being hit twice, the injured man managed to make his way to the back garden.

There, he jumped a fence and escaped through neighbours' gardens. The gunmen fled the scene in a car.

The wounded man was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his injuries were described as not life-threatening.

About an hour after the Swords attack, a 41-year-old man was attacked in his Sheriff Street home by two men.

He was punched, kicked and left unconscious on the ground. The man was taken to the Mater hospital last night suffering with a broken collar bone and ribs but was later discharged.

Three men, aged 55, 32 and 19, were arrested for questioning.

comurphy@herald.ie

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