By Cormac Looney
Wednesday April 22 2009
PALS of a young man murdered by a Dublin drugs gang have been subject to arson attacks and death threats.
According to locals, a crime gang believed to be behind the murder of Bluebell man Darren Guerrine burnt out the home of one of his friends last weekend as part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation against them.
A number of verbal threats have also been issued to Mr Guerrine's friends, locals said.
The attempts at intimidation were made as gardai continue their investigations into Mr Guerrine's murder.
The 21-year-old was shot dead on the banks of the Grand Canal in Bluebell on February 18, 2008. His body was found on waste ground near the canal.
Officers have made a number of arrests in their investigation, and have interviewed an individual who has links to the Real IRA. No charges have yet been brought.
But officers may now have to investigate claims that an arson attack was carried out at a house in Bluebell last Saturday night, and that this was linked to the murder of Mr Guerrine.
- Cormac Looney