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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Fresh gangland bloodbath fears over gun killing

BRUTAL: The scene of the attack in Clondalkin in which Jason Carroll
BRUTAL: The scene of the attack in Clondalkin in which Jason Carroll

A FRESH outbreak of gangland violence is feared in the capital as criminals 'tool up' after the second murder this week.

Gardai were on high alert last night following the killing of Jason Carroll.

The 39-year-old was strongly linked to a mob led by a 45-year-old thug from the Ronanstown area of Dublin.

The Herald can reveal that Carroll was also previously suspected of acting as a money launderer for the Christy Kinahan drugs syndicate through a south Dublin car business.

Recently Carroll and his associates have been prime targets of the Garda's Operation Firepoint – a drive against street- level drug dealing in the Ronanstown and Lucan areas of the city.

FLOODING

He was regularly stopped and searched as part of this operation but never arrested or charged.

In fact, the latest gangland murder victim's only previous conviction was for a public order offence over 13 years ago.

But sources have described the murdered man as a gangland "fixer and facilitator" who looked after vast amounts of cash for the mob, which has been flooding Ireland with drugs from Spain and Holland for years.

It has emerged that the hitman who shot him is a key associate of a man who lives close to the murder scene.

It is understood that the killer was lying in wait for Carroll to return to his home at Cherrywood Drive, Clondalkin, at 10.30pm – after being tipped off about his movements – and shot him several times.

Gardai are investigating if Carroll was shot dead in a revenge attack for the murder of Dean Johnson (21) five days earlier in nearby Harelawn Park.

Mr Johnson's family completely denied these claims in an interview with the Herald yesterday and some garda sources are "sceptical" of the link.

"People who are known to Carroll may certainly have been involved in last weekend's murder but it is very doubtful that he was," a source said.

Sources say that there is major concern that Carroll's murder will be avenged, leading to a cycle of tit-for-tat violence in the wider Clondalkin area.

TENSE

"Things are very tense in the area with two gun murders in just five days linked to organised criminal activity and more than likely connected to each other," a source explained.

"There has been talk that Carroll's murder will be avenged and this will cause an entire new level of problems in the locality.

"There is little doubt that the dead man was very well got with a number of very serious criminals and he had known some of them for a very long time," the source added.

The getaway car – a Red Renault Clio – was discovered on fire at the Newcastle Road near Clondalkin at 11pm on Thursday and yesterday the vehicle was being forensically examined.

Superintendent David Taylor, of the Garda Press Office, believes it may hold vital clues to finding the man's killer.

"Gardai are interested in any person that may have seen this car – a small, four-door hatchback, burnt out, on Rock Road on the main Key to Lucan Road roughly after 10.30pm last night," he said.

kfoy@herald.ie

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