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Saturday 23 September 2017

Guinea Pig gang linked to murder in mountains

THIS is the notorious criminal whose gang is blamed for executing James Kenny McDonagh -- whose body was found dumped in the Dublin mountains.

Detectives have mounted an operation to target the gang led by Mark Desmond, known as 'The Guinea Pig'.

Officers are convinced that Mr Kenny McDonagh, who was shot in the back of the head and buried in a shallow grave, was not a serious criminal.

Gardai suspect the Guinea Pig gang and up to two other criminal groups were behind the savage murder.

It is understood that Desmond blamed the victim for shooting at him in the Memorial Park in Ballyfermot in April, 2010 and this may have led to the murder.

Desmond is one of Ireland's most notorious criminals. His latest serious brush with the law occurred last September when gardai discovered he was staying in a bedroom at a house where Natasha McEnroe was living.

McEnroe (30) is the former girlfriend of jailed gangland killer Brian Rattigan, known as King Ratt.

The Guinea Pig was found when gardai probing a murder attempt were called to a house in Dublin. McEnroe was arrested at the home by detectives before being released without charge.

Desmond and Rattigan are arch rivals and members of the 'King Ratt' gang at one stage tried to kill Desmond in Tallaght in the summer of 2005.

Sources say that Desmond who had spent years mainly based in Liverpool has been permanently back living in Dublin for almost a year now.

It is understood that he spends his time between a house in Rathmines and a property in Peamount -- close to where Mr Kenny McDonagh's wine-coloured Mazda 626 was found burnt out on October 27, 2010.

Sources believe that Desmond is heavily involved in drugs trafficking in south Dublin.

The 'Guinea Pig' remains the chief suspect for the double murder of of Darren Carey (20) and Patrick Murray (19) in December 2000.

The two men were shot in the head and dumped in the Grand Canal at Karneystown, Co Kildare, between December 19, 1999, and January 10, 2000. The killings were drug-related.

Desmond, who is originally from Lally Road, Ballyfermot, was charged with the murders but never convicted.

Meanwhile Mr Kenny McDonagh's young daughter is "heartbroken" after learning that her father is dead, her grandmother said yesterday.

On Tuesday, gardai made a positive identification of bones found in the Dublin Mountains by hill walkers as the missing man.

His nine-year-old daughter was only then informed that her father had been killed.

"She knows now her daddy is dead, we told her yesterday and she is broken-hearted," Jackie Kenny, her grandmother, said in a television interview last night.

Ms Kenny said that she had to break the news to his 10-year-old son.

"We have to tell his other little boy. What do you tell a 10-year-old? We have to tell him today -- someone came along and shot your daddy," she added.

Ms Kenny was speaking for the first time since she was informed about the discovery.

"I just broke down, I just couldn't believe it," she said of reaction to learning that her son's remains had been found.

The bones appeared after strong winds had uprooted a tree and exposed the shallow grave.

"Other than that I don't think I'd have ever got him back," she said. "How could they do something like that?

"How can they go to bed and sleep? If they have families how could they go home and get into bed beside their wives or their girlfriends and lay there knowing they're after doing something like that? I just want them caught," she said.

kfoy@herald.ie

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