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Sunday 17 December 2017

Suspects in robbery linked to murder outside north Dublin school

Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead in Balbriggan in September
Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead in Balbriggan in September

A MOB who savagely attacked a couple after luring them to a meeting under the pretence of selling them a 4x4 vehicle, are linked to a dangerous gang who murdered a man outside a school, sources have revealed.

Gardai are investigating whether the criminals involved in the incident that unfolded at South Shore Road, Rush, North Dublin at 8.40pm on Tuesday are linked to the mob which shot dead Benny Whitehouse (35) in Balbriggan last September.

It is understood that the ruthless mob - who are made up of Traveller and settled criminals - have used websites such as Donedeal.ie and other car selling websites to lure people into meeting them with large sums of cash before they become victims of often violent robberies.

However, the gangsters failed to get any cash during Tuesday night's horrific attack in which a hammer and a handgun were produced during the course of the incident.

According to the account given to gardai, when the couple arrived to buy the vehicle which they had spotted online, they ended up being boxed in by a black 10D reg Volvo car and were set upon by three men.

The man received a number of serious blows which later required hospital treatment while his partner sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Gardai in Lusk are investigating the incident and it is understood that officers believe it is a "mini-miracle" that the gang failed to get away with any cash.

They say one of the men was of stocky build and around 5ft 10ins tall and spoke with a Dublin accent. A second man was around 5ft 8ins and of slim build.

Gardai have warned people who are buying or selling goods, or engaging in transactions with strangers, to meet them somewhere safe where others are nearby, and not to meet in secluded car parks or open spaces.

The mob who are suspected of involvement in the crime are one of the most dangerous operating in the country at the moment.

The gang leader is a much feared 32-year-old criminal who has a large number of previous convictions.

DRUGS

He has linked up with a major crime gang from Swords and has been trying to exert control over the crime scene in north Co Dublin and south Co Louth for the past two years.

The gang have now moved into a number of 'legitimate' businesses in an attempt to launder the vast amounts of cash which they are making from the drugs business, sources say.

They are suspected of using an English criminal to murder their deadly rival Benny Whitehouse in front of his partner at Clonard Street in Balbriggan at 9am on Thursday, September 25.

kfoy@herald.ie

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