Belfast Telegraph

Car murders linked to drug dispute

Post-mortems are to be carried out on the bodies of two men found dead in a burnt-out car at a border forest.

The victims, suspected of being murdered over a drugs row, were discovered in a stolen black Volkswagen Golf at the edge of woods in Ravensdale, Co Louth, on Monday night.

They were named locally as Joseph Redmond, 25, and Anthony Burnett, 31, both from Ballybough in Dublin's north inner city.

Detectives are investigating if the pair, who told relatives they were travelling to Dundalk to sell a car, were lured to their death.

It is believed they were shot dead before being dumped in the car and burnt beyond recognition.

DNA and dental records will be needed to formally identify the victims, who have convictions but are not regarded by Garda sources as big players in organised crime.

Tests to determine the exact cause of death will be carried by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Forensic officers will also continue to examine the secluded crime scene, just off the main Dublin-Belfast road at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains.

The killings are being treated as the second gangland-style double murder in 48 hours after underworld enforcer Andy Barry, 31, originally from Dublin, and an eastern European man were gunned down in a house in Kilcock, Co Kildare late on Tuesday.

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