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Friday 27 April 2018

REVEALED: Suspects quizzed in shooting of innocent mum Baiba

murder: No charges brought over gang hit

The Herald can today name some of the gangland criminals who gardai think had some involvement in the horrific murder of Baiba Saulite.

More then 20 people were arrested in the massive garda probe into the 2006 murder of the innocent mother-of-two.

Many of those questioned by gardai are considered to be among the most dangerous criminals in the country.

Coroner Kieran Geraghty described her death as a "callous and brutal murder" which had left two children without the love and protection of their mother, at an inquest into her death yesterday.

The coroner's comments came after a senior garda expressed surprise that the DPP decided not to prosecute anyone in the case. No-one will ever be charged for a murder that shocked Ireland in November, 2006.



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Gardai have always suspected that Baiba's murder was ordered by her ex-husband -- feared Lebanese criminal Hassan Hassan (42) who left Ireland for Syria in March 2010, after serving jail sentences for kidnapping his sons and running a stolen car racket.

Hassan was arrested twice in relation to his wife's murder. It was while Hassan was in prison that he approached members of Limerick's evil McCarthy/ Dundon gang to organise the murder.

It was for this reason that the second-in-command of that gang -- John Dundon (28) was arrested by detectives in March 2007.

At the time that Dundon was arrested, gardai also picked up a Co Kildare-based crime figure who is involved in debt collection and was served with an €800,000 bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) in 2007.

Gardai were working on the theory that the Kildare criminal had "unwittingly" provided the gun used in the murder but officers have never been able to prove that.

Gardai have always worked on the theory that the McCarthy/Dundons passed on the contract to murder Baiba to the Dublin gang controlled by Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, who was himself executed less than a month after the Latvian mum was murdered.

In turn, Hyland used some of the younger criminals in his organisation to carry out surveillance and ultimately murder the tragic 28-year-old.

One of these criminals was Craig White (25) from north inner city Dublin -- a ruthless criminal who is serving a life sentence for the feud-related murder of Noel Roche (27) in Clontarf in November 2005.

Convicted of this crime in 2009, White has since been arrested by gardai probing the murder of his former associate Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

'The Don' was also suspected of being involved in the murder, as a car used in the killing was later found in an apartment block in Ballymun where Dunne he provided 'security', but Dunne was never arrested in relation to the sinister slaying.

Another gang member who was arrested by the investigation team was notorious hood Jeffrey Finnegan (31) from Finglas, who has been on the run for over 17 months and is now based in the Turkish resort of Kusadasi.

Gardai have also arrested a number of foreign criminals and a dangerous close associate of 'Marlo' Hyland from the Cabra area, who we can't name for legal reasons as he is facing firearms charges.

hnews@herald.ie

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