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Thursday 18 October 2018

Mystery gun death man was suspect in 'Kingsize' murder and three others

Glen Clarke was being investigated for involvement in the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan in 2016
Glen Clarke was being investigated for involvement in the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan in 2016

Gardai have been investigating whether a suspected hitman who died in mysterious circumstances in December 2016 is now linked to a fourth gruesome gun murder.

The body of Glen Clarke (26) was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound to his right eye in the Riverdale Estate in Leixlip, Co Kildare, on December 2, 2016, in a mysterious case which some gardai believe was murder and others insist was an accidental death.

Innocent

Since his body was found, Clarke has been linked to two botched Kinahan/Hutch fatal shootings, including the feud murders of innocent men Trevor O'Neill (40) in Majorca in August 2016, and Martin O'Rourke (24), who was shot dead in Sheriff Street in March 2016.

The Herald revealed last year that gardai had also identified Clarke as the gunman in the case of Dean Johnson, who was shot dead in the early hours of August 24, 2013, at Harelawn Green in Clondalkin as part of a separate feud that the victim had no involvement in.

It can now be revealed that gardai have probed Clarke's role as one of the hitmen responsible for the savage murder of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's close friend Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (55), who was shot dead in March 2016 at his Co Meath home.

When Duggan was killed in his car outside his house in the Old Mill estate in Ratoath on the night of March 23, his killers used two cars which had been for sale on the internet.

A lone man dressed in dark clothing was seen by witnesses running across the green in front of Duggan's house after he was shot dead.

This man jumped into a dark BMW car that took him away from the scene, and the getaway vehicle and another car were later left burning in a quiet cul-de-sac not far from Duggan's home.

Despite a massive investigation by Ashbourne gardai, no significant arrests have ever been made in the 'Kingsize' case.

Feud

Duggan was considered a "soft target" - like The Monk's brother Eddie Hutch - and he was the fourth victim of the murderous feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob.

"Glen Clarke was being investigated for involvement in the murder of Noel Duggan at the time that his body was found," a senior source reported last night.

"He had never been arrested though and it seems like he was one of those hitmen who almost came out of nowhere," the source added.

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