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Sunday 20 August 2017

Getaway car stolen weeks before killing

Car used in gang hit in Drumcondra, March 26
Car used in gang hit in Drumcondra, March 26

This is car that was used in the city's latest gangland shooting, and the Herald can reveal that it was stolen from a west Dublin estate two weeks before the fatal hit.

A massive garda investigation is continuing this weekend into the brutal murder of gangster Paul Kavanagh (27) who was murdered in a clinical and well-planned assassination in Drumcondra at 11.30am on Thursday. The Audi A1 Sportback was taken in the Palmerstown area of Dublin in the early hours of March 11.

It is believed the thieves stole the car, registered 142-D-4628, by pushing open the front door of the address at roughly 11pm the night before it was taken.

The robbers then returned later at approximately 2.40am as the homeowners were asleep and managed to gain entry to the house, stealing the keys to the Audi as well a BMW parked in the drive, before fleeing the scene in both vehicles.

The BMW was recovered later that evening in a car park in the Palmerstown area, but there was no sighting of the Audi until Thursday's fatal shooting in Drumcondra.

It is believed two men wearing balaclavas pulled up to the Volkswagen Passat, which was driven by Paul Kavanagh, before firing several shots at him.

The gunmen then drove a short distance down Church Avenue, where they crashed the car. They made their getaway on foot after dousing the car in petrol and torching it.

ENFORCER

Despite having few previous convictions, the murdered man was classified by gardai as a key enforcer for the Christy Kinahan international crime syndicate. He also carried the coffin of his murdered uncle Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh (44) last September.

Dad-of-two Paul Kavanagh was suspected of being involved in importing cocaine into the country and he was also involved in the used car business in west Dublin.

A very close associate of notorious heroin trafficker Greg Lynch and feared criminal Paul Rice, Paul Kavanagh was understood to have been involved in a number of feuds in the city, which will further complicate the garda investigation.

Among those with whom Kavanagh was fighting was a dangerous Cabra mob linked to crime figure Christopher 'Git' Russell.

He was also blamed by pals of murder victim Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy for sourcing the gun used in the Ballymun criminal's slaying last January.

kfoy@herald.ie

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