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Monday 18 February 2019

Suspect in Carr Costa killing 'seen in Kilkenny'

Murdered Irishman Carl Carr
Murdered Irishman Carl Carr
Police at the scene in Spain where his body was found

A man wanted in connection with the murder of a Dublin drug dealer in Spain returned to Ireland after the violent killing, the Herald has learned.

Authorities in Spain yesterday confirmed that a European Arrest Warrant had been issued for the 26-year-old suspect, who they believe was present when Carl Carr (38) was killed.

Police believe the dad-of-two was murdered during a row over a woman before his body was moved by car to a shallow grave.

His mother Marie and his British girlfriend Danielle Coupe reported him missing last September.

Kilkenny man Wayne Walsh (31) has been held on suspicion of killing Carr during a fight with a knuckleduster on the Costa Blanca.

Well-placed sources said a judge tasked with an ongoing court probe into convicted drug dealer Carr's death wanted to quiz a second Irishman as the suspected co-author of the killing.

Spanish investigators suspect the on-the-run 26-year-old alerted Walsh after seeing his former partner getting intimate with Carr after a night out, and believe he was present when Carr was killed.

The Herald has learned that this second suspect returned to Ireland and was sighted in Kilkenny last week.

A court source confirmed yesterday: "A European Arrest Warrant was issued on February 5 against a suspected co-author of the homicide of Carl Carr.

"The court is not aware there has been an arrest so far."

As well as Walsh, four other people - a Spanish handyman and three British women, including a woman said to have been at the centre of the 'love triangle' row that allegedly led to the homicide - were also arrested.

None of the five suspects who were arrested have yet been charged, as is normal in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial.

Carr's body was found buried by the AP-7 motorway between Benijofar and Algorfa, a 20-minute drive north from where the Irishman was last seen alive.

Police say they believe he was killed in the aftermath of a night out, and that his body was driven to woods where it was buried alongside bleach thought to have been used in a clean-up operation.

Carr was jailed in 2008 in Ireland after being caught with €1.43m of heroin and cocaine.

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