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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gardai monitoring four suspects in brutal murder of dealer Reilly

Neil Reilly
Neil Reilly

Four people identified as suspects in the capital's latest murder are being kept under surveillance in case they attempt to flee.

Detectives probing the savage murder of convicted drug dealer Neil Reilly (36) have made significant progress with their investigation and have identified four people they believe were involved.

The father-of-two was stabbed, beaten and had a car driven over him near The Glebe estate in Lucan, west Dublin, shortly after 4am on Wednesday. No arrests have yet been made.

Searches

Searches were carried out last night at a number of properties linked to the suspects.

"Gardai are stationed outside the homes of people they believe were involved in the murder," said a source.

"It's to ensure they don't attempt to flee the jurisdiction before they're arrested."

Four of the men suspected of involvement have been spoken to informally by investigating detectives.

Gardai believe Reilly was involved in an incident minutes before he was attacked, during which two shots were fired in a house in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin.

The weapon used in that incident had still not been recovered last night.

However, detectives have recovered three vehicles they believe were used to transport Reilly's killers to and from the murder scene.

The dead man's car was also seized and examined.

CCTV footage from a number of businesses and homes between the two crime scenes have been viewed.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Wednesday night.

Reilly suffered serious injuries to his head and back.

Gardai are still trying to establish a motive for the initial incident in Clondalkin during which the shots were fired.

Reilly survived a previous assassination attempt at Christmas in 2010.

He was targeted at his home in Wheatfield Close, Clondalkin, but survived serious injury.

Reilly previously received a seven-year prison term after being found in possession of €66,000 worth of cocaine at Dublin Port.

Aftermath

A local man told of his shock after he witnessed the aftermath of Wednesday's attack.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, said he was very upset to see the victim moaning as he lay on the ground near his home shortly.

"I woke up around 4am and heard voices outside. I looked out the window and saw a man lying on the grass verge," a resident told the Herald.

"Whatever had happened was over and I went outside and four or five people had arrived and were standing around the man.

"We were looking at him and it was obvious he was very seriously injured."

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