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Friday 17 August 2018

Woman hunted in caravan slaying

GARDAI are searching for a woman who may have witnessed the gun murder of a man at a Dublin caravan park.

Michael Taylor (53), from Summerhill, in Dublin's north-inner city, was shot several times at Hand's caravan park, Donabate, last Monday afternoon.

He died the following morning in Beaumont Hospital.

The woman being sought by gardai is of medium height, with dark shoulder-length hair and was wearing a zip-up tracksuit top. She was in an orange car and called into a house on New Road, Donabate, between 4.40pm and 5pm.

Gardai believe Taylor was assassinated because of his involvement in a vicious personal feud in the north inner city which led to the murder of a young man in 2007.

A close associate of Taylor is alleged to have been directly involved in that murder.

The feud has led to stabbings, brawls, grenade and shooting attacks.

Sources have revealed that Taylor was questioned by gardai about the 2007 murder but was never considered a suspect.

Taylor, who was not considered a major criminal, appeared at Dublin District Court in May 2009 after a hospital brawl.

He agreed to enter into a bond to keep the peace for two years.

He had been charged with affray but the State solicitor agreed to withdraw the charge if he signed the bond of €100.

Last Tuesday afternoon, gardai found one of two getaway cars used by Taylor's killers.

The black Honda Civic, with an 07 D registration plate, was found in the Glasnevin area. An Opel Insignia which had been used by the killers was found burned out at Turvey Woods just minutes after Monday's attack.

Riddled

Taylor's partner saw him being riddled with bullets as he stood outside his caravan in Donabate.

One line of inquiry being looked at by detectives is that one of the gunmen who targeted Taylor is in his mid-30s and from Dublin's inner city and that he carried out the hit as a favour for one of his relations.

kfoy@herald.ie

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