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Monday 20 November 2017

Suspect in Daniel case faced raid quiz

A MAN being quizzed over the murder of tragic teen Daniel McAnaspie is a suspect in a violent raid at a west Dublin business.

The criminal, in his 20s, was arrested last Monday for questioning in relation to the killing of the 17-year-old, the first young person to be murdered while in State care.

The suspect is believed to have been living rough in the Dublin 15 area for a period since the attack.

According to sources he is now suspected of carrying out a raid on a hairdresser's shop in the Mountview area of Clonsilla a fortnight ago. A small sum of cash was taken from the premises.

The man is believed to have been threatened by associates of a Finglas gangster, who attempted to kidnap him shortly after the murder.

The kidnap, in early March, was planned to take place at the social welfare office on the Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown. Gardai intercepted the gang as they prepared to abduct the man. A follow-up search in Co Meath led to the discovery a 9mm handgun.

The suspect being questioned by gardai is a notorious local figure. He was detained, with three other men, following raids in the Blanchardstown area early on Monday morning. A teenage girl was arrested on Tuesday.

The man and a close associate were questioned on suspicion of murder. The two other men were held on suspicion of withholding information.

All four have been released.

Gardai believe Daniel was murdered in the early hours of February 26 by men he met at a bonfire in the Whitestown area. He had been with friends the previous afternoon in Finglas.

He was beaten and stabbed to death in the attack and had his body dumped at Rathfeigh in Co Meath, where it was found a fortnight ago.

A post-mortem examination revealed two fatal knife marks to neck vertebrae, indicating that the cause of death was a fatal throat wound.

Daniel absconded from HSE care prior to his killing. Leaked HSE documents revealed that he had been assaulted at the age of 13, and at 16 had attempted suicide.

clooney@herald.ie

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