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Saturday 10 December 2016

Inquest into Zambra death is adjourned as murder probe goes on

Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra was shot several times in the chest
Christopher ‘Git’ Zambra was shot several times in the chest

Gardai are continuing to build a case in relation to the murder of a gangland figure gunned down in broad daylight in Drimnagh 15 months ago.

Christopher 'Git' Zambra died after being shot in the chest on May 4 last year.

"The investigation is ongoing and I've been speaking to the family with regards to that," Det Insp Liam Kelly told Dublin Coroner's Court.

Zambra (39), of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, was shot dead as he drove along Cooley Road.

The gunman continued to fire on him as he tried to escape before he collapsed outside a house and died.

Blocked

Reports following the shooting said Zambra was targeted just before 3pm as he drove to visit his sister.

As he arrived, the gunman ran towards the front of his Audi. Up to six shots were fired at him when he was blocked in by two other vehicles, a 4x4 and a car.

The inquest into his death first opened last August 21 when Dublin Coroner's Court heard Zambra's body was identified by his sister, Sharon Farrington, at the Dublin City Mortuary on the day after his death.

The post-mortem was carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster later that day.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell warned the family that the cause of death was "very upsetting".

In her preliminary report, Dr Bolster says Zambra died as a result of "internal injuries due to gunshot wounds to the chest".

Requesting a further adjournment, Det Insp Liam Kelly said the matter was still under investigation.

Dr Farrell granted a six-month adjournment with the inquest due for further mention on February 9.

Zambra was one of Ireland's most feared gangsters and was aligned to several notorious criminals including people involved in the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.

He was also linked to the so-called Mr Big of the Irish gangland underworld, having been seen in the company of the Coolock-based thug.

Several people have been arrested in relation to Zambra's death, including a 41-year-old man from Clondalkin who is also suspected of involvement in a ruthless tiger kidnapping in Leinster, during which a terrified family were tied up.

Gardai feared a revenge-style attack following Zambra's killing, with sources also indicating that a new breed of young thugs were taking over the remnants of the relatively dormant Crumlin/Drimnagh feud.

The violence had been mainly contained by officers from Crumlin and Sundrive Road garda stations following the imprisonment of several people deeply involved in the conflict.

However, the situation came to the fore again earlier this year following the fatal shooting of truck driver Edward Nugent.

Volatile

The 64-year-old was shot in a case of mistaken identity at his home in Walkinstown on February 14.

That killing has been linked to a row between two feuding groups of young criminals in the area, who have been respons- ible for several shootings and violent assaults in Dublin 12.

A number of people have so far been arrested in relation to Mr Nugent's death, including two young thugs in their early 20s who have been described as "extremely volatile and dangerous".

One of the men was previously acquitted of murder after a key witness was unable to identify the killer in court.

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