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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Brian Fitzgerald murder suspect escapes Ireland?

The Sunday times is reporting today that the man suspected of ordering the murder Limerick bouncer Brian Fitzgerald has fled the counrty.

Full story from the paper below :

THE suspected drug dealer who gardai believe ordered the murder of Limerick bouncer Brian Fitzgerald in 2002 has fled the country following delays by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in deciding whether to charge him over the killing.
Three months ago, gardai sent a file to the DPP outlining the man’s role in ordering the shooting but received no response. Last week, officers overseeing the investigation said the delay has allowed the suspect to flee the country.

The man, a businessman from Clare who has never been convicted of drug dealing, is believed to be the largest distributor of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis outside Dublin.

He was arrested last May to allow gardai to outline their suspicions against him under legal caution. His statement was included in a book of evidence sent to the DPP, the culmination of a three-year investigation into the murder.

Gardai urged the DPP to make a swift decision because they feared the man would flee the jurisdiction. Last week, senior gardai in Limerick said he had again left the country.

At the time of the arrest in May the suspect had returned to Ireland to sell up his estate in Clare. He had been living for several months in a golf resort in Morocco. Despite fleeing the country, it is believed the man is still orchestrating shipments of drugs into Ireland.

Fitzgerald, the head of security at Doc’s club in Limerick, had refused to allow drug dealers into the club. After receiving threats he was shot four times outside his home as he returned from work to his wife and children in 2002.

James Cahill, the English gunman who shot Fitzgerald, joined the witness protection programme while in Portlaoise prison and gave evidence to special branch gardai against a series of senior gangland figures in Limerick, including the Clare businessman.

His testimony gave detectives renewed hope of successfully concluding one of the largest investigations into gangland murders in this country.

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