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Monday 20 August 2018

Victim may have called attackers to buy heroin in hours before slaying

THE Limerick criminal shot dead in his home over a drugs debt may have contacted one of his murderers to buy heroin.

Gardai believe that Des Kelly (23) may have contacted one of his killers in the hours before his brutal murder and the killing of his innocent girlfriend Breda Waters (28).

Gardai in Limerick were last night investigating whether Kelly tried to buy drugs from one of the two men who officers believe murdered him in his Southill home at close range with a shotgun.

Senior officers successfully applied at a sitting of Limerick District Court to hold onto a house in O'Malley Park for a further 48 hours for further forensic examination.



Drinking

It is understood that on Saturday evening, Des Kelly bought a case of beer before inviting Breda Waters and her sister, Tina to his home for a night's drinking.

Also at the house was Matthew Quinn, Kelly's sister, Theresa, and his two-month-old baby daughter.

Kelly's former partner had moved out of the terraced home with their two other children earlier that day.

Kelly was released from prison last November, while Matthew Quinn from Moyross was released from prison last week and has convictions for possession of a shotgun and machetes.

Quinn was jailed for six years after shooting a man twice outside a house where a christening party was taking place in 2006.

Gardai are investigating whether Kelly contacted one of the suspected killers hours before his murder for a small batch of heroin.

It is believed Kelly was killed on Sunday morning over an unpaid drugs debt .

He was shot in the kitchen after he answered the front door and tried to run out the back of the house.

Mother-of-three Ms Waters was shot in the head as she slept in a bedroom upstairs.

Mr Kelly's sister Teresa and his two-month-old baby girl were also in the house but escaped unharmed.

The two gunmen were caught on CCTV footage as they fled.

Gardai arrested an eighth person as part of their ongoing investigations yesterday.

A 36-year-old woman was being questioned on suspicion of withholding information.

A total of four men -- including the two prime suspects -- and four women were in custody last night.

Three forensic teams are involved in the investigation at various scenes and 150 gardai are involved in the operation.

In Limerick District Court, Supt John Scanlan of Roxboro garda station applied for an extra 48 hours to preserve a second house in Southill as a crime scene.

The house, also in O'Malley Park, was sealed off at 1pm on Monday.

Supt Scanlan told the court the address formed part of the double murder investigation and had been designated a crime scene.



Objected

The owner of the house, Anthony Kelly, was in court for the hearing and objected to the application through his solicitor John Devane.

Mr Devane said his client and his partner and two young children had "effectively been put out of their house" and they were anxious to return home.

Judge O'Donnell granted the application and gardai can continue to search the home until tomorrow.

The funeral of Breda Waters will take place at St Mary's Church in Limerick tomorrow at 11am. Funeral arrangements for Mr Kelly are due to be confirmed today.

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