Dublin: Gardai Probe Link Between Seven Gangland Murders And Man Convicted Of Spanish Bar Hit

23 Jul

Gardaí are investigating the connection between a Dublin man jailed in Spain and the disappearance and murder of seven other men in Ireland.


 An investigation is taking place into a possible link between a man jailed in Spain and the murder and disappearance of seven other men in Ireland over the past five years.

Eric Wilson from Ballyfermot was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting dead an English man in a bar in Fuengirola last summer.

Gardaí are seeking access to forensic and other evidence gathered in Spain as part of that investigation and have already interviewed Wilson in Spain.

At his trial, the court heard that the 27-year-old got into an argument with the victim after a woman accused Wilson of touching her.

Wilson went home on his motorbike and came back with a gun and shot 24-year-old Dan Smith several times.

Wilson is well known to gardaí and is suspected of being involved in the disappearance and murders of six other men.

Detectives believe he was hired by the late crime boss, Martin ‘Marlo’ Hyland, to kill Paul Reay in 2006 and Roy Coddington, whose body was found on Mornington Beach, in 2007.

They are also investigating if he killed David Lindsay and Alan Napper who went missing in July 2009.

Lyndsay was owed €1m by a Dublin criminal and gardai have been told that he hired Wilson to murder him.

He is also suspected of being involved in the murders of Martin Kenny and Anthony Cannon in Ballyfermot in 2005 and 2009, and the murder in Spain of a Dublin criminal, who disappeared shortly after the murders of drug dealer Michael ‘Roly’ Cronin and James Maloney in 2009.

Gardai say Wilson, nicknamed Lucky, was a gunman for hire.

His modus operandi was to arrive and leave a murder scene on a motorbike.


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