Gardai were preparing to charge gun victim over 2012 feud murder

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Father-of-three Darragh Nugent (36) was gunned down external his home on Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin on Monday night.

He was suspected of succeed a do overing threats against his local rivals in recent days just above six months after he was arrested by officers on his way to kill a senior member of the compare with gang.

Now, Independent.ie has learned that Nugent was suspected of playing a important role in the murder of Eglington (27) who was gunned down at his home in Kilnacourt Woods in Portarlington, Co Laois in September 2012 as his stepdaughter, 11, and three-year-old son looked on.

Nugent was nabbed over the killing, which was linked to the Crumlin Drimnagh feud, and gardaí were yon to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the case.

A elder source confirmed: «This man was a key suspect in the case and the file was almost concluded on him. Gardaí were secure that he would be charged with the murder.»

Independent.ie has learned that detectives develop evidence linking Nugent to a car that was seized in the aftermath of the murder.

Gardaí financed out painstaking CCTV analysis which linked the car to the shooting.

«This was a prolix and detailed investigation.»

The Irish Sun is also reporting that Nugent was a while ago questioned by gardaí over a pipe-bomb attack on the family home of RTE presenter Brian Ormond. The strain was attacked in 2011 because Mr Ormond’s brother is a serving garda.

The Herald is recounting that Nugent was the best friend of gangland criminal James ‘Nellie’ Walsh (31), who is look after the needs of a 10-year jail sentence for firearms offences linked to a botched hit on worst gangland target Michael Frazer in March 2014.

Gardaí have been analysing whether Nugent has been taking orders from Walsh, who engage ined on a bitter feud almost four years ago that has now led to three unsolved bump offs in the Clondalkin area.

The first murder in this deadly feud was that of in the clear Dean Johnson (21) in August 2013. Tragic Mr Johnson was not tangled in crime and it quickly emerged the intended target of his murder was Clondalkin hood Walsh, who offed unharmed in the shocking incident.

Walsh, backed up by Monday night’s kill victim Nugent, became a player in the west Dublin crime seascape around five years ago and ended up getting involved in a bitter oppose with a Clondalkin gang with close links to the Kinahan cartel.

As the difference of opinion intensified, the gang attempted to murder Walsh in the early hours of August 24, 2013 at Harelawn Leafy in Clondalkin.

Mr Johnson, who had been socialising earlier with the intended object, was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.

Sources revealed this annoyed Walsh, who decided to take revenge on the rival mob.

Within five light of days, cartel-linked criminal Jason ‘Jay’ Carroll (39) was shot dead at his up on at Cherrywood Drive in Clondalkin.

Nugent had served a number of jail punishments and was linked to a number of other serious criminals, including Robbie Ellis (25), who was guessed to death in Clondalkin in November last year in another unsolved liquidate in the Garda district.

Meanwhile a Gofundme page has been created to expropriate pay for Nugent’s funeral. According to a post the page was set up on behalf of «Darragh’s rapport girlfriend, children and family».

«Most will know how this was a rash shock for us all, his 3 beautiful children girlfriend & family would like to around him the best send off as they can, any little amount to help towards this tariff would be hugely appreciated by them all.

«Let’s come together and take a tiny amount of stress from them. Highly thankfull to anyone who is delighted to help this loving family in their time of need… also if anyone has no bank postcard to donate a book of condolonces will be available any if anyone would comparable to to donate this way just contact us thanks for taking the time to impute to.»

By Thursday morning €95 of the €1,000 goal had been raised.

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