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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Freddie gangster quizzed over gun death of Paul (19)

A DRUG dealer who owned the gun which was used in a bizarre incident in which a man was shot dead has been arrested.

The man and his girlfriend were quizzed for 24 hours by detectives investigating the shooting of Paul McCarthy (19) at a house in Inchicore last month.

The Crumlin man (23) is considered the most senior of the new generation of criminals involved with 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang.

He has a conviction for cocaine dealing and his home has been shot at a number of times by rival gangsters.

Gardai believe that he was at the house in Myra Close, Inchicore, shortly before Mr McCarthy was shot dead on the afternoon of May 9.



Accident

The arrests of the feared criminal and his girlfriend were the fifth in the investigation. The pair were released without charge yesterday.

Sources believe that Mr McCarthy was "holding onto" the weapon that was used to kill him for the drug dealer.

The three young men who were in the house when the shooting happened have all been arrested and one of the teenagers is likely to face a criminal charge of either manslaughter or reckless endangerment.

The three pals have told gardai that the fatal shooting was a "tragic accident" and this version of events is being accepted by investigating officers.

A senior source explained: "This is one of the most tragic cases imaginable -- these four lads are really just kids and they ended up playing around with a revolver.

"They did not realise the revolver was loaded, but it was. One of the group pulled the trigger and shot his friend at close range without realising there was ammunition in the weapon.

"The four young fellas grew up with each other and are childhood friends. They are absolutely devastated by what happened. Gardai are satisfied that this was an accident."

Gardai say that the victim was not a hardened criminal but was being "used and taken advantage of" by junior members of the gang controlled by Thompson.

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