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Criminal Mark Desmond shot dead in Dublin

By Robin Schiller and Cathal McMahon

Notorious criminal Mark 'The Guinea Pig' Desmond was shot dead in west Dublin last night.

Desmond (41), originally from the Lally Road in Ballyfermot, was shot up to four times in the head during the gangland gun attack.

The attack occurred at Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan, around 8pm. A burnt-out car was found nearby but it is not yet known whether the two incidents are connected.

It is understood a gunman approached Desmond on the Griffin Glen Park Road, before chasing him into an adjacent park and shooting him.

Desmond is a key player in Dublin's underworld and suspected of murdering two young men and dumping their bodies in the Grand Canal in 2000.

He was the only man to have been charged in the notorious 2000 'canal murders' investigation.

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