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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Suspect in previous foiled hit attempt on slain Kane is arrested before funeral

Kane McCormack, the 13th victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud
Kane McCormack, the 13th victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud

Gardai investigating a foiled attempt on the life of feud murder victim Kane McCormack have arrested a 39-year-old man.

The development comes as the funeral of the latest victim of the bloody Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud takes place this morning, in the same church in which his murdered father's funeral Mass was held in January.

Kane McCormack (24), who was also known as Caine McCormack Kirwan, was a prominent mourner at his father Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan's funeral.

He was gunned down last Friday night as part of a gangland double-cross.

Meanwhile, detectives from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) continued to question a 39-year old Cabra criminal about a foiled attempt on McCormack's life in south Dublin last September.

He was arrested in the capital on Wednesday night and taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station where he was questioned about the foiled hit, which took place more than three months before McCormack was eventually killed by separate criminals.

Convictions

The suspect is expected to be released without charge, and a file will be prepared for the DPP. He is a low-level criminal who has multiple convictions, but mainly for driving offences.

Gardai believe the suspect escaped after officers carried out a dramatic intervention to save McCormack's life.

A discreet armed garda presence is expected at his funeral today, which begins at 11am in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Dublin's north inner city.

There have been no arrests so far in the foiled hit, but off-icers have taken a number of statements and raided at least two properties.

Gardai at the scene where his body was found
Gardai at the scene where his body was found

While one of the targeted properties was the home of notorious gangland figure Jason 'Jay' O'Connor, officers also carried out searches at the home of a close female associate of McCormack.

Even though this woman is not considered a suspect in the case, detectives seized phones, a car and other items from her Dublin home earlier in the week.

Sources said arrests in the case could happen within the next few days.

It emerged last night that the involvement of a feared criminal, who is currently behind bars, has also not been ruled out.

"While this individual was in jail when the murder happened, it has not been dismissed that he may have something to do with it," a source said.

"The murder victim trusted this man completely and suspicions have been raised because some of the criminal's closest associates suddenly fled the country just days before the murder."

The murder was the 13th in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

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