By Cormac Looney
Wednesday April 01 2009
A MAN and woman without gangland connections are being quizzed over the murder of Dublin criminal David 'Fred' Lynch.
The pair, aged in their mid 20s, were arrested by armed gardai from the Emergency Response Unit at a hotel in the north inner city yesterday morning.
They are being held under recently enacted legislation, which allows gardai to quiz them for up to seven days -- instead of the usual 48 hours.
The law, section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007, gives detectives a week to quiz suspects in a murder where a firearm has been used. It's the first time the law has been used in relation to a Dublin gun murder.
Drug dealer Lynch (26) was shot dead last Sunday, and his body found at 4pm on Monday afternoon on wasteground at Belcamp Lane, Coolock. He had four bullet wounds to the head.
Gardai received information early yesterday morning which led them to the man and woman, who were detained at 4am. The pair are not connected to a rival Coolock-Darndale gang with whom Mr Lynch and his associates were feuding. Sources say that neither has known connections to north Dublin crime gangs.
Officers are now examining whether the murder may have a personal motive, aside from their initial suspicions that it was a tit-for-tat gang attack. They are also examining if the man and woman were brought in because they were 'under the radar' and would not crop up immediately as suspects.
A source told the Herald: "Neither of these people are known for connections either to Lynch himself or to any Dublin crime gangs. It's thrown the investigation open and we're looking at a new motive, possibly something personal, for the attack."
The pair were being questioned last night at Coolock and Santry garda stations.
The initial motive for Lynch's shooting was that it was carried out in revenge for a shooting attack in the early hours of Sunday morning. The man received leg injuries after peace talks set up by Lynch between his gang and rival outfit ended in a row. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
Lynch was well known to gardai and had previously been shot at the Towers pub in Ballymun in 2006. He lost a kidney as a result of that attack, and sustained serious facial injuries.
He was also the chief suspect for the shooting of a man in Kinsealy last January. The man had a lucky escape after a gunman broke into his home and fired at him through a door. A child (2) and two women were in the house at the time of the shooting.
- Cormac Looney