Paedo gang boss Griffin back walking the streets
These are the first photos of paedophile Christy Griffin since he was released from prison after serving a sentence for the rape of his partner's daughter.
The 48-year-old gang boss was released from the Midlands Prison in April after serving 11 years for the crime and was picked up from jail by a north inner city associate on a motorbike.
After weeks of keeping under the radar, Griffin was this week photographed in the same north Co Dublin suburb where his enemies previously tried to kill him in a grenade attack.
The photos, obtained by the Sunday World, show Griffin stepping out to do some grocery shopping in North Dublin.
Dressed in white runners, tracksuit bottoms and a white T-shirt, Griffin looked like any other respectable member of society about to head to the gym.
However, one woman appeared to recognise Griffin and drew her little boy protectively to her side.
Griffin's gang imploded in 2003 after he was accused of raping a young girl - with some former associates turning against him, while others remained loyal.
The feud led to five people being murdered and several gun attacks.
The victim was the daughter of a woman with whom Griffin had lived at three different locations in Dublin. The girl was aged eight and Griffin was 24 when the first sexual assault occurred in 1993.
It is understood Griffin has complied with his obligations under the Sex Offenders Act and has provided gardai with details of where he is now staying.
It is also understood parents at one school near this location shared information on his whereabouts through WhatsApp in the aftermath of his release. Pictures of Griffin were included in the messages.
Immediately following his release, he alternatively stayed at addresses in the north inner city and north Dublin, but it is understood he is now steering clear of the inner city over fears he could be unwillingly drawn into the Hutch-Kinahan feud.
Gardai believe Griffin wants nothing to do with the feud.
"Griffin would have history going way back with characters on both sides of the feud," a source said.
"He is a very clever individual and has made it clear he does not want to become involved.
"Criminals who openly take a side in the feud have proved to have a short lifespan, whether that means they have been shot or locked up."
The allegations against Griffin included that he began abusing his victim when she was aged just eight and continued raping her until she was 16.
Handing him a life sentence that was later overturned and replaced with a 15-year sentence, the late Mr Justice Paul Carney - who was placed under armed garda protection for the duration of the trial - delivered a scathing judgment on the pervert to a hushed courtroom.
Mr Justice Carney described Griffin's record as "horrendous".