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Thursday 23 November 2017

UK cops look to Dublin in new hunt for dealer's killer

COLD-CASE police in the UK are reviewing the case of a Ballyfermot drug dealer who was shot dead 10 years ago.

Mark Connor (30) was shot dead in a flat in Kilburn, north London, on Valentine's Day, 2001, with a shotgun at point-blank range in what police called a gangland hit.

Little is known about the events leading up to Connor's murder but police said he was shot "execution-style" and then put in the bath full of water.

He had been shot in the back of the head and there were six other wounds to the back and side of his head caused by a blunt instrument. After he was killed he was placed in the bathtub. The investigation has been reviewed by cold-case detectives in London who believe the key to solving the crime lies in the Dublin area.

Suspects

Connor was one of the biggest drug dealers in west Dublin before he left for London in the 1990s. He owned three homes in England, was involved in cigarette smuggling and was suspected of also working with a notorious west Dublin gang in flooding the capital with drugs from the UK.

The scale of Connor's network was revealed when a man was jailed for a year in 1999 for laundering IR£105,000 cash which was owned by the dealer.

Detectives believe the killing of Connor was a gangland execution which may be connected to another murder. In a previous interview in 2006, Connor's mother Mary appealed for information about the murder.

Speaking from her Ballyfermot home, she said: "No one deserves to die the way my Mark died. Even the police said he had a horrible death."

Shock

Before his murder, Connor lived in Slough, Berkshire, with his girlfriend Amanda Joyce (38). Mark was never seen alive again after leaving their home on February 11, 2001.

Ms Joyce discovered the body after visiting the flat and she was given a 12-month conditional discharge for perverting the course of justice. In a state of shock, she burned documents relating to fraud and walked away from the scene with two cheques worth stg£17,500.

Ms Joyce said she had gone alone to the flat and found her boyfriend murdered. But four days later she admitted that she had actually gone there with two friends.

Amanda Joyce returned to Dublin where she married gangland killer Brian Kenny (42), who is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

kfoy@herald.ie

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