Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Gun victim related to drug dealer

Gardai said the scene has been sealed off pending a full technical examination

The man murdered in the country's latest gangland-style gun attack is related to a drug dealer killed in a double hit.

Jamie Lindsay was shot in the head as he walked close to his home in the Coneyboro estate in Athy, Co Kildare, shortly before 9pm on Saturday night. The 20-year-old is a cousin of David "babyface" Lindsay who vanished almost five years ago with associate Alan Napper.

Officers believe both were lured to their deaths but their bodies have never been found. Detectives are trying to establish a motive for the shooting and are investigating a possible drugs link.

"He would have kept his head down but there was a lot of activity when he was living on the estate," said one man from the area. "We believe he was peddling drugs."

Mr Lindsay, who is originally from Finglas in north Dublin, was known to gardai and had some convictions for public order and minor drug offences but was not seen as a major player in the criminal world.

Since he moved to Athy just over a year ago with his girlfriend, pipebombs have been planted in the quiet residential housing estate. Gardai have appealed to anyone in the area between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday night who saw anything suspicious to come forward.

Mr Lindsay was pronounced dead at Naas General Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is being carried out by Dr Michael Curtis, deputy state pathologist.

Gardai believe his older cousin David Lindsay, 39, and Napper, 38, were lured to their deaths at a house in Co Down in July 2008 and buried. It is believed the double hit was ordered by notorious drug dealer Michael Kelly - known as The Panda - who was shot dead in September 2011.

Councillor Thomas Redmond, who lives in the Coneyboro estate, called for gardai, politicians and residents to join forces to fight the escalation of criminality in the county.

"This is the second time in a year that Coneyboro has been in the national news," he said. "There are a lot of people very upset and very nervous. Criminal behaviour is not acceptable and now it's been brought to our doors."

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