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Monday 25 September 2017

Woman held in gangland murder probe

A 36-year-old woman was arrested by gardai this morning investigating the savage gangland murder of a 20-year-old man in May.







Gardai believe the woman – who was arrested in the Drimnagh area – may have key information about the murder of Dean Johnston (pictured).

It is not suspected that she played any active role in the planned murder, which took place at Moorefield Avenue in Neils-town on the evening of May 25 last.

She is the seventh person to have been arrested as part of the murder investigation.

Mr Johnston – who was not considered a criminal – was killed when a man walked up to the car, looked in to identify him, and then fired five shots from a 9mm handgun into a rear passenger window.

The chief suspects for the murder were arrested by gardai in November. They are two brothers – aged 33 and 26 – who are understood to have fled Dublin after the murder.

Sources say the pair spent months living “offside” in a caravan park in the country, but returned to Dublin in the weeks before they were arrested. After being questioned at Lucan and Ronanstown garda stations, the duo were released without charge.

It is understood the murder centres around a vicious local dispute in the Neilstown area.



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Gardai are understood to be close to being able to charge the suspects in the case, with the examination of mobile phone evidence playing a key part in the investigation.

The shooting, which was carried out with a semi-automatic 9mm pistol, took place outside the home of the victim's best friend. His friend's girlfriend was in the driver's seat of the red 96 VW Golf car and the two were waiting for the friend to come out when the gunman ran alongside the car.

Neither Mr Johnston's best pal or his girlfriend had anything to do with the horrific murder.

The young couple are said to be “deeply, deeply traumatised” over the killing. It is thought several witnesses would have seen the attacker as he fled from the scene.



kfoy@herald.ie

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