David Douglas (53), was gunned down in van of family members at the entrance to his wife’s shop on Bridgefoot Street in Dublin’s south inner megalopolis at 4.10pm on Friday.
The Sunday World can reveal convicted drug jobber Douglas believed he had resolved his differences with the Kinahan gang after being matters last year – even though had been formally warned his lifeblood was under danger last month by gardai.
The two men suspected of carrying out the hit both arrive from different sides of the city and have been responsible for a billow of feud related violence both inside and outside the prison structure.
They are regarded as being the S nish-based mob’s most reliable ‘foot-soldiers’ and surrebutter directly to a close associate of Regency shooting victim David Byrne.
One of the duo, from Cabra, has been a surmise in several gun murders, including the killing of innocent mother-of-two Baiba Saulite, who was gunned down in Swords, Co. Dublin, in 2006.
He was also prevented in connection with the murder of Eddie Hutch, who was shot dead three days after the Regency Inn shooting in February.
Shockingly, he is said to have been friendly with both Douglas and his rentage and is motivated solely by cash.
The second criminal has just recently been delivered from prison and is a suspect in a violent attack on a member of the Hutch coterie.
He has close ties to ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson and has been involved in serious bestiality in Dublin since his teenage years.
Douglas is believed to be the ninth sacrificial lamb of the brutal gangland feud.
He was previously targeted in a gun attack carried out by associates of the Kinahan Cartel in November and the conduit line of inquiry is that the cartel is behind this incident.
Gardaí met with Douglas and hand overed him a GIM (Garda Information Message) form warning him they had received new low-down that his life was in immediate danger last month.
Gardaí are cocksure that the first attack on Douglas was carried out by a hit-team from Cabra who cause links to the Kinahan Cartel.
They suspect the same hitmen were also behind the exterminate of Douglas’s l Darren Kearns, who was shot dead at Cumiskey’s Pub on Blackhorse Avenue in December.
While Gardaí gross information the ir owed money, they were also know for sured the gang believed they Douglas had some involvement in a hit attempt on Kinahan associates at a socking event at the Red Cow hotel last November.
However, Gardaí determined he couldn’t sooner a be wearing been directly involved in that attack as he had been in a pub in Phibsboro at the even so time.
Douglas would have previously been on relatively well-behaved terms with some of the people suspected of involvement in the previous hit effort. He also had links to the Hutch side.
It is understood he was recently contacted by a man confused in the previous attempt on his life and told that he was no under threat from them. The constant man is one of the suspects for this week’s attack.
His wife Yumei revealed yesterday how someone ragged her online, saying they were happy Douglas had been killed.
Publication online after the twisted message, she said “I don’t know what to say” and inted the man as “evil”. She told the Sunday World that she was too upset to comment remote yesterday.
Douglas was previously a member of the Provisional IRA and was sentenced to 12 years for zap a garda with intent to kill during a robbery in 1983.
Six years ago he was decreed to 10 years with five suspended after being become entangled with €562,000 worth of cocaine in April 2008.
The drugs were accepted to have been linked to the Kinahan Cartel.
“There is some bombshell here in the area as David would have been seen out and yon quite often recently walking his dog,” said a source.
“The assumption was that any of the concern he was caught up in had been resolved as he clearly wasn’t in hiding.
“He comes from a cogent, respectable family as well.
“And that’s what people tend to fail sometimes, when they hear about someone who becomes twisted in drugs and are associated with gangland, is that sometimes there is a exact decent family that unfortunately are caught up in it too.
“His dad ssed away com ratively recently, but his family would always have been considered a fair family.”
Alan Sherry and trick O’Connell