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Syringe attack man is Conor death suspect

THE man who left a Dublin shop worker fighting for his life is the chief suspect in the hit and run of a boy killed in Cabra.

The 30-year-old man was released from jail just a day before he stabbed shop worker Jahanzaib Butt with a syringe at the weekend.

Mr Butt has come out of a coma following Saturday's attack at Spar on James Street, where he works as a manager.

The Herald can reveal today that the chief suspect is also suspected of the death of 14-year-old Conor Hickey who was run over in Cabra last year.

Shocking new details have emerged about the Co Meath suspect -- who was only released from prison on High Court bail on Friday, where he was being held on remand for a number of shop robberies including another one in which a syringe was used to threaten staff.

The suspect is understood to have suffered a broken ankle in the incident on Saturday night at the Spar shop.

Mr Butt was taken out of an induced coma in St James's Hospital yesterday where he was receiving emergency treatment after suffering a seizure.

Until last Friday, the suspect had been in custody in relation to a spate of shop robberies but he was released from Cloverhill Prison.

Just 24 hours later, he was involved in the incident at the Spar shop.

Last January, the man was arrested by gardai from Mountjoy Garda Station in prison and he was questioned for a number of days about dangerous driving causing the death of tragic Conor Hickey.

Conor was knocked down by a car at the junction of St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road.

The car -- understood to be stolen -- drove up Fassaugh Road towards Phibsborough.

It also emerged that after hitting Conor, the car almost collided with a second vehicle as the driver fled the Cabra area.

Sources say that before he was locked up, he was the chief suspect for up to 20 shop robberies in the Dublin area.

A source said: "The bail laws in this country are a joke, this fella should never have been out considering his behaviour last year and the start of this year."

kfoy@herald.ie