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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Man (50) linked to Hutch family is 19th victim of bloody feud

Gardai seal off the scene of the shooting in Leixlip, Co Kildare last night
Gardai seal off the scene of the shooting in Leixlip, Co Kildare last night

A 50-year-old man has become the 19th victim of the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud after being shot twice in the head in a gun attack last night.

The victim, who was named locally as Clive Staunton, was shot in a housing estate in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Sources said he had Hutch family connections but was not believed to have been involved in any criminality.

Staunton was originally from the Greek Street flats in Dublin's north inner city, but had been living in the Leixlip area.

It is understood the innocent street trader may have been working outside the Republic of Ireland friendly at the Aviva Stadium earlier on in the evening.

It is understood he had no criminal convictions.

Speed

A white car was seen being driven at speed from the scene of the shooting and was later found burnt out.

In a statement last night, gardai said they were called to the scene of an incident outside a house at Glen Easton Way following a report of a shooting at about 9.15pm.

A man was treated at the scene for serious injuries but was later pronounced dead.

The scene was last night sealed off pending the arrival of garda crime scene examiners and the office of the State Pathologist was notified.

There was shock in the close-knit community last night.

A young woman in her 20s was seen walking along the road near the house in a distressed state shortly after the incident.

Neighbours reported hearing sounds "just like fireworks".

"When I heard it, it sounded just like bangers, maybe not as harsh as fireworks but something like that," said neighbour Rita Sanga.

"But I am used to that from Halloween being so recent. Then afterwards everyone was on the street watching.

"It's a very safe place around here. I'm from Malawi and I'm always careful where I live but this place was always fine."

Sources said that the dead man was a close pal of Anthony Fitzgerald, from Gloucester Place in Dublin.

Former professional boxer Fitzgerald, who was at the Regency Hotel when gangster David Byrne was shot dead in February 2016, avoided prison despite attacking a bus driver in a case that was heard in April last year.

Fitzgerald, a close pal of gangland murder victims Gareth and Gary Hutch, had previously pleaded guilty to assault causing harm. He received a suspended sentence.

The last person to die in the feud was Jason 'Buda' Molyneux (27), who was gunned down last January 30.

He was considered one of the most dangerous criminals in the city.

Molyneux, of North William Street, was murdered after he went to meet someone at the James Larkin House flats.

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