Tuesday 25 October 2016

Gangland widow says daughter heard dad being killed

David ‘Daithi’ Douglas
David ‘Daithi’ Douglas

Murder victim David 'Daithi' Douglas is due to be laid to rest early this week after his heartbroken family brought his body home.

The convicted drug dealer was gunned down outside his wife Yumei's shop on Bridgefoot Street, in Dublin's south inner city, just over a week ago.

On Saturday, family and friends gathered at his house in Cabra to pay their respect as his coffin was brought home.

Penning a cryptic message on Facebook over the weekend, Douglas' widow Yumei wrote that he had "forgiven" last time, but would not likely do so again.

It is understood she was referring to a failed assassination attempt on Douglas (55) in November of last year in which he was seriously injured by a gunman linked to the Kinahan drug cartel.

He was eventually killed on July 1, with the Kinahan cartel again suspected of targeting him as part of their bloody feud with their rivals, the Hutch gang.

"He forgave you last time, you think he will do that again?" Yumei wrote on Facebook. "Those people, from now on, you have to be careful when you stand beside a mirror or somewhere on your own. My Daithi's face always been watch you," she said.

The grief-stricken widow revealed that the couple's 14-year-old daughter was just yards away when her father was shot dead.

"She didn't see anything because she was inside the shop… but she called 999 when she heard people screaming outside.

"People said those killers are just animals, they're evil. There was no reason for them to do this to David," she told the Sunday World.

Douglas, a former zookeeper, was linked to the Provisional IRA in the 1980s and took part in a post office robbery in Tallaght during which he fired a rifle at a garda. He received a 12-year sentence for attempted murder.

He was again jailed in 2008 for five years for possession of cocaine worth €562,000.

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