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Friday 9 December 2016

Man held in Spain over murders of Dublin men

The burnt-out car in which the bodies of Redmond and Burnett were found is removed from Ravensdale Forest (Frank McGrath)
The burnt-out car in which the bodies of Redmond and Burnett were found is removed from Ravensdale Forest (Frank McGrath)

A Dublin criminal has been arrested in Spain in connection with the murders of two young Dublin men who were shot dead and their bodies burned.

A European Arrest Warrant was executed by Guardia Civil officers in Alicante on Tuesday night for the suspect in the murders of Joseph 'Joey' Redmond (25) and Anthony Burnett (31), both from Ballybough in Dublin's north inner city.

The bodies of the pair, who were well-known to gardai, were found in a torched car in Ravensdale Forest near Dundalk, Co Louth, in March 2012.

Flight

Sources said the arrested man, who is in his 30s, was known to both victims but they did not disclose his suspected role in the murders. The man is also well-known to gardai in Dublin's north inner city but does not have serious criminal convictions.

Detectives hope to press charges against a number of other suspects in the case.

The arrested man was detained at around 9.30pm on Tuesday after stepping off an EasyJet flight from Belfast.

He is due to appear in court in Madrid, where he will be asked if he consents to extradition.

Sources said the double murder was "well-planned" and involved a gang of criminals from the Coolock and north inner city areas.

Among the suspects are two brothers who have been nicknamed The Taliban. They are also the chief suspects in another double murder in Finglas in November 2010.

An adjourned inquest into Burnett and Redmond's deaths heard their bodies were so badly burnt that they could only be identified after DNA swabs were taken from their mothers

In relation to Burnett, the cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head. The post-mortem on Redmond also found gunshot wounds and cyanide poisoning.

A civil guard spokesman in Alicante said: "I can confirm we have arrested a 32-year-man in connection with a double murder.

"He was held as he arrived in Alicante on a flight from Belfast."

Tuesday's arrest is the biggest development in the case since a man in his 20s was detained in May 2014, a month after a 41-year-old car thief from Rathmines was questioned before being released without charge.

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