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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Suspect pair in Zambra killing 'stalked him'

Two suspects who were arrested by gardai investigating the murder of gangland figure Christopher 'Git' Zambra are suspected of stalking him in the days before he was shot dead.

The pair, aged 40 and 27, were still being questioned in separate southside Dublin garda stations about the daylight murder in Drimnagh on May 4 last.

Neither man is suspected of shooting Zambra, but CCTV and fingerprint evidence have linked them to vehicles used in the murder.

A senior source told the Herald: "Around a dozen people were involved in this murder, and these fellas have questions to answer about their movements before it and the clean-up that happened after it.

"There are plans for more arrests in this case, but gardai have not yet definitely established who ordered the killing or carried it out. It is a slow burner, but things might progress more quickly now."

Zambra was ambushed on Cooley Road when two vehicles blocked his car back and front as he was driving to visit a family member.

Shots were fired at him while he was in his Audi and when he tried to flee. He collapsed outside a house, where died.

A Nissan Qashqai used in the attack was found on fire close by with a handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, inside.

The 40-year-old man arrested is suspected of involvement in a tiger kidnapping several years ago.

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He has around 20 previous convictions and is facing trial in relation to a serious crime.

The 27-year-old is not as well known to gardai, but has a conviction for a serious assault and another for being in a stolen car.

Sources say their identities make it extremely unlikely that Zambra was killed by dissident republicans or the 'Mr Big' drugs gang he was very close to.

kfoy@herald.ie

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