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Sunday 19 August 2018

Killers 'can't be brought back to face justice here'

HIDING: Gunmen dodge extradition in North

GARDAI do not have enough evidence to extradite the ruthless killers who murdered two cousins at a Dublin petrol station.

Glen Murphy (19) from O'Devaney Gardens and Mark Noonan (23) from Drumalee, both in the north inner city, were shot dead outside a service station at the Clearwater Shopping Centre in Finglas last November.

The killers -- who are also closely linked to at least three other separate murders on the capital's northside -- fled to Northern Ireland.

Gardai are satisfied that the tragic cousins were victims of mistaken identity -- shot dead as part of a Coolock drugs feud that they had no involvement in.

Neither of the victims had any involvement in gangland crime. Just days after the double murder, gardai identified the hitmen involved.

They are two men aged in their mid-20s from the Coolock area who have been involved in gangland crime since they were in their teens.

A senior source explained: "We know who these individuals are and they know that we know their identities.

"At this stage, there is simply not enough evidence to apply for a European Arrest Warrant for their extradition.

"A huge amount of resources has been put into this investigation and in time it will have a successful conclusion.

"These individuals know that they will be arrested as soon as they cross the border again. There is ample evidence to take them in for questioning just not enough to get them extradited here."

The last major development in the case was in February when a criminal in his 30s from Kilbarrack was arrested and questioned for 48 hours but then released without charge.



DEVICE

This man is suspected of mistakenly putting a "non-sophisticated" tracking device on the Toyota Avensis car that was owned by Mark Noonan.

Sources say that Mr Noonan's car was very similar to a car which was driven by the intended targets -- two feared drug dealers who have already survived a number of attempts on their lives since 2009. After the double murder, gardai found the device concealed in the rear of the Avensis and believe it had been planted there on behalf of the major northside criminal who had ordered a hit.

The device was then used by three hired killers to track down the car and kill the cousins last November.

The hitmen who shot the cousins dead are considered to be among the most "dangerous and reckless" criminals in Ireland.

They have also been linked with the murder of small time crook James Perdue (22) in Donaghmede in June 2006, as well as the murders of innocent men Warren O'Connor (24) who was stabbed to death in January 2010 and Keith Fitzsimons who was gunned down in June 2006.

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