By Cormac Looney
Wednesday June 17 2009
Fugitive criminal Peter 'Fatso' Mitchell was nowhere to be seen at his father's funeral in Dublin's north inner city.
A large gathering attended the memorial service for Summerhill street trader Joe Mitchell, who died at the Mater Hospital last week, but it was unclear if his son was present.
‘Fatso' Mitchell (40) has lived in exile in Spain since departing Ireland 13 years ago in the wake of the murder of reporter Veronica Guerin.
He was a key figure in the drug gang led by John Gilligan, and narrowly survived a shooting at a bar in Puerto Banus last summer.
Mitchell was hit in the shoulder by a gunman who opened fire on him as he sat drinking with pals at cafe terrace. Two other men were wounded. All three made a full recovery.
Joe Mitchell was a popular local figure and was not involved in crime. He regularly visited his son in Spain in recent years. His funeral took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street in the north inner city yesterday morning. 'Fatso' Mitchell faces arrest if he returns to Ireland, because of his outstanding status here as a drug trafficker and member of an organised crime gang.
He owns a villa and has run a bar in Puerto Banus during his time in Spain, and is suspected of involvement in organised crime on the Costa del Sol. He has associated with a number of Irish criminals in Spain and gardai liaise with Interpol regularly about his activities .
- Cormac Looney