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Man held over gun attack on criminal


Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke

Gardai have arrested a man in his 20s following the attempted murder of a criminal who was shot just after midnight yesterday.

Career criminal Jonathan Burke (39) was being treated for serious injuries in St Vincent's Hospital last night after he was hit with shotgun pellets in the attack at a house in the Heatherwood estate in Bray, Co Wicklow.

The chief suspect for the shooting was being questioned by detectives at Bray Garda Station.

Sources said gardai are investigating the probability that Burke got involved in a dispute with a dangerous mob who are led by a convicted killer.

The same gang are suspected of the shooting of Tiernan Stokes in the People's Park, Bray, in August. He was shot in the backs of his knees.

The gang previously had close links with the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson drugs gang and control drug dealing in the lucrative Wicklow market.

A previous member of the gang, Philip 'Philly' O'Toole, was shot dead in a different dispute in January last year.

Sources said a "siege situation" involving a very close associate of convicted criminal O'Toole, which occurred at a house in Bray yesterday afternoon, had nothing to do with the earlier shooting of Burke.

It is understood O'Toole's associate "went crazy" after taking tablets.

It is not known why Burke had fallen foul of the feared gang, but sources said yesterday morning's shooting was a credible attempt to murder him.