Suspect arrested in connection with brutal gangland shooting


Gerard Eglington

Gardai at the spot of the murder in 2012

The Dubliner, who is aged in his 30s, is rt of the ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson mob and was grilled by gardai closed a number of days about his suspected role as a “scout” in the shocking take for a ride of Gerard Eglington (27), who was shot dead in Portarlington, Co Laois, in September, 2012.

Eglington was killed because he was heavily-involved in Ireland’s deadliest opiates feud – the bitter gang war between Thompson’s gang and a crew who were combined to jailed gangland killer Brian Rattigan.

The suspect had fled to France after the massacre and was picked up by gardai on his return.

Officers arrested the suspect after fingerprint affirmation showed up on a car that was seized after the brutal gangland slaying. The car had been ruminate oned staking out the house before the murder happened.

“The mob who carried out this lay low had used individuals to travel in cars to scout out the area before Eglington was crack dead,” a source said last night.

“That is what this man is thought of doing, and while there were a number of arrests in the aftermath of the wipe out, there is expected to be more in the coming months,” the source go on increased.

The arrested man, who has previous convictions, was released without charge and a file is being treated for the DPP.

Eglington was at home with his 11-year-old stepdaughter and three-year-old son when the begin occurred at about 8.30am on September 24, 2012, at Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington.

The slain skinhead was previously involved in a savage assault on the brother of exiled gangster ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson at the Karma Stone pub in the town centre on March 13, 2011.


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