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Monday 11 December 2017

Tensions high as criminal's relative in gun murder quiz

Eddie Nugent funeral
Eddie Nugent funeral
Edward Nugent

Tensions remain high after a veteran criminal blamed two gangsters for taking advantage of his teenage relation who was arrested over the murder of an innocent Dublin grandfather.

The juvenile was one of three people picked up last week and questioned over the gun murder of Eddie Nugent (64)before they were all released without charge.

Mr Nugent was shot dead in Walkinstown on the night of February 15.

Two of the arrested men are major Crumlin gangsters who had been feuding with associates of the innocent gun victim, but the teenager was not previously known for involvement in serious crime.

"His older relative is not a man to be messed with and he thinks it is an absolute disgrace that his young relative has got dragged into this," a source said.

"He is particularly annoyed with the men who were at the centre of this and that could well have severe repercussions for them.

"Things are very tense indeed, this man is a very serious criminal who has been involved in organised criminality for over two decades."

Target

The teenager is not suspected of having direct involvement in the fatal shooting of Mr Nugent, who was not the intended target of the shooting, but he was questioned about his suspected role in the kill plot.

The teenager's older relative was lucky to escape with his life in a previous gangland murder attempt in Crumlin and is connected with a feared hitman who has been involved in a number of gangland murders.

The veteran criminal is one of the main players in organised criminality in the Clondalkin and Crumlin areas.

Associates of the veteran criminal are suspected of being involved in the murder of Thomas Canavan (35), who was shot in a pub 'grudge killing' in Inchicore on August 4, 2003, by a lone gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The two adult males who were arrested last week are heavily involved in the feud and both have previously survived gun attempts on their lives.

kfoy@herald.ie

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