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Monday 18 December 2017

Melanie suspects 'can't afford to flee the country'

POISED: Gardai keep watch on gangsters as hundreds mourn teen

THE gangsters who are the chief suspects for murdering innocent teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara are desperately trying to raise enough cash to flee the country.

As Melanie's friends gathered to pay their final respects overnight, it emerged that her killers have been abandoned by their criminal associates.

Their every move is being watched by detectives from the garda national surveillance unit.

A senior source explained: "The fellas that carried out this murder are in an increasingly desperate position -- they have no cash and nowhere to turn.

"Gardai are aware of their location but will not make any arrests until all the evidence in the case has been gathered -- there is no point in rushing into anything."

Forensic tests on the shotgun and jeep used in the murder, as well as other items discarded by the panicked gunmen, have still not been completed.

Meanwhile the tragic 16-year-old -- Ireland's youngest ever victim of gangland crime -- has been laid out in her favourite pink tracksuit as her grieving family prepared to have her body flown to the UK for her funeral, believed to be planned for Kentish Town, London.

Hundreds of members of the Traveller community joined with Melanie's fiance Christy Moran (21) and her parents to pay their last respects at a Clondalkin funeral home yesterday.

There were scenes of raw grief as mourners emerged in tears exactly a week after Melanie was gunned down on Glenview Way in Tallaght as she sat in a car with Mr Moran, who gardai believe was the intended target.

He posted a message on Facebook last night which described her killers as "scum."

In an earlier message, Christy wrote: "Happy Valentine's Day baby. We should be going to the Rod Stewart concert tonight, but we can't go now because God needed you for something else."

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