Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Whacker' Duffy held over firebombing attack in the city

Declan 'Whacker' Duffy
Declan 'Whacker' Duffy

Notorious INLA gangster Declan 'Whacker' Duffy was arrested in the city in relation to extortion threats and a firebomb attack on a Dublin businessman's car.

The criminal, who was believed to have stepped-up a city-wide campaign of extortion in recent months, was picked up by armed detectives shortly before midday yesterday and brought to Clontarf Garda Station.

Duffy was released without charge around 8pm last night, after just over eight hours of questioning, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

However, it's understood that investigating gardai are "satisfied" with how the interviews went.

Duffy has been a target for detectives based at Ballymun Garda Station since a shocking firebombing incident which occurred at a respected businessman's north Dublin home on Tuesday, April 21.

The attack in April unfolded when the respected 68-year-old businessman heard a loud bang and ran outside to see his car on fire. A forensic examination of the scene later revealed that an accelerant had been used in the sinister attack.

Gardai have been investigating whether Duffy is behind a sinister campaign of harassment, which includes threatening emails and phone calls against the man.

Speaking to the Herald in the aftermath of the attack the homeowner, who does not want to be named, said the incident was "very upsetting" for him and his family.

Last night sources said that Duffy is under investigation for a number of extortion incidents across the city in recent weeks.

"Gardai have been waiting to arrest Duffy for a number of weeks now and it was decided that yesterday was the right time," a source said last night.

Earlier this week, the Herald revealed that Duffy and fellow INLA thug Dessie 'Border Fox' O' Hare have received sanction by senior dissident bosses in the North to run a massive extortion and protection money campaign in the capital.

This move has caused "tension" among other INLA figures in the capital and has led to a number of tense stand-offs.

Duffy is also under investigation after reports that he and O'Hare were involved in two incidents in the Citywest area last month in which one man was kidnapped and another seriously injured.

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