Sunday 23 April 2017

Notorious crook 'may have been shot by mistake'

Gardai examine the scene in Balcurris Park West, Ballymun
Gardai examine the scene in Balcurris Park West, Ballymun

The capital's latest gangland shooting victim may have been targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

Glen Kiely (30) was recovering in hospital last night after a bullet shattered his hip and lodged in his body.

Notorious criminal Kiely could easily have been killed in Monday night's attack at Balcurris Park West, Ballymun, as one of five bullets fired at him grazed his head.

Last night, sources said the intended target of the gun attack may be a close associate of Kiely, who has been the victim of a campaign of harassment by a notorious Ballymun-based gang for several years.

"Gardai are looking at the possibility that the gunman might have thought he was shooting at someone else," a source said.

Part of the garda investigation is determining if the same gang who targeted Kiely were responsible for arson attacks on three vehicles in the same estate in December 2015. The windows were broken and an accelerant was thrown inside the cars, which were parked behind each other.

Feud

This dispute between gangs has been continuing in the locality since the murder of Ian McConnell (28), who was shot dead in Ballymun as part of a feud more than 11 years ago.

Monday night's gun victim was only recently released from prison and is extremely well-known to gardai.

Kiely has more than 40 convictions and was previously jailed for his part in a violent attack on a man.

A court heard that Kiely had brought a knuckleduster and a hurley to the assault, off Balbutcher Lane, in November 2013.

Two other people were also involved in the attack.

The victim suffered what was described as a "severe beating" but no formal complaint was made.

Kiely, who has addiction problems, served an 18-month prison term for this.

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