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Saturday 23 September 2017

Ring of steel as pair are charged over conspiracy to murder man

Gardai arrest a man on the Kylemore Road last week
Gardai arrest a man on the Kylemore Road last week

Armed gardai will form a ring of steel around the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning when two men will be charged with conspiring to murder gangland target Michael Frazer.

The two men - a 34-year-old who lives in Longford and a 38-year-old who lives in Clondalkin - were arrested by heavily armed gardai last week.

Members of the elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) recovered a loaded firearm, rounds of ammunition and a canister of petrol when they swooped on the men in Kylemore Road.

Security

It is understood they had been under gardai surveillance for a number of days.

They will be charged with conspiracy to murder, possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm.

Gardai believe the two men were conspiring to murder Crumlin car dealer Michael Frazer on Sunday last week.

Garda management has been preparing a security operation around the courts complex over the past few days, which will see members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) patrol the area.

The 34-year-old man, who is originally from Ballyfermot, was previously acquitted of murder.

Frazer has been keeping a low-profile since last week's incident and has spent time both outside Dublin and in Crumlin.

Frazer has survived five attempts on his life in recent years, including one in the grounds of a Clondalkin church.

He also survived separate murder attempts in the south inner city, Firhouse, Drimnagh and Islandbridge areas in 2014 before he fled the country in 2015.

The south inner city incident happened in July 2014, when gardai intercepted an assassination team in the South Circular Road area.

The same mobsters were arrested by gardai in January last year. They were disguised and ready to pounce on their target.

Exclusive images of last week's arrest obtained by the Herald showed armed detectives detain one of the arrested men. Gardai also seized the suspected getaway car, which had been equipped with false number plates.

It is understood this vehicle was found near to where Frazer has been living in the Crumlin area in recent weeks.

Gangster

Separately, it emerged at the weekend that garda fear Frazer may become "easy pickings" for a recently released gangster.

Sources said officers have "genuine concerns" he may be targeted by a notorious criminal from the south inner city

It has emerged the girlfriend of the recently-released criminal lives "just a few doors away" from where Frazer has been living in the Crumlin area.

"This criminal is potentially in a position to fully track Frazer's movements," said a source last night.

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