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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Two held over brutal gun murder of Dean Johnson (21)

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Gardai investigating the brutal gun murder of a 21-year-old man who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity have arrested a man and a woman.

The pair, both aged 31, who are not believed to have been actually involved in the shooting were questioned at Ronanstown Garda Station.

The woman was released without charge while the man was still being detained last night as detectives desperately try to crack the murder case.

The arrests bring to 10 the number of people who have been brought in for questioning in the detailed probe concerning the fatal shooting at Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, on the morning of August 24, last year.

The arrests are the first in the case since last October when three men were picked up and questioned before being released without charge.

Last week, a 25-year-old man, who was busted by gardai as they carried out searches in relation to Mr Johnson's murder, was jailed for four years for possession of a loaded stolen shotgun.

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A court hearing last September heard that Mr Johnson had left a pub on the night when a car pulled up and two gunmen got out.

One approached Mr Johnson and opened fire. He attempted to flee but was "gunned down and fatally wounded".

Mr Johnson was not the intended target and lost his life in tragic circumstances, a detective garda told the court.

The gunmen fled in the car, which was found burnt out at Collinstown Crescent, with two firearms inside.

A car key was found at the scene and the car it belonged to was located in a housing estate.

Gardai had evidence that three men returned to this car but could not gain access to it and fled the area.

It was alleged that fingerprints from two suspects were recovered from the scene where the second car was left.

Four people are regarded as suspects in the murder investigation and one of these is a notorious hitman who was formerly in the 'Westies' gang.

kfoy@herald.ie

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