Belfast Telegraph

Dissident's murder linked to Dublin feud

A man who brutally gunned down a Co Tyrone dissident republican in a Dublin pub committed the murder to pay off a significant drug debt to the Kinahan Cartel.

Yesterday, Eamonn Cumberton became the first person to be convicted of a murder linked to the Hutch/Kinahan feud which has so far claimed 14 lives.

Cumberton (30) was jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Strabane dissident republican Michael Barr (35) - the fourth murder carried out as part of the deadly dispute.

Gardai believe that Cumberton became involved in the Barr murder after owing a significant cocaine debt to the cartel.

He had denied the murder of Barr in the Sunset House pub in Dublin's north inner city on April 25, 2016.

Tensions remain high in Dublin, with the funeral of the 14th feud victim, Derek Coakley-Hutch (27), taking place there tomorrow.

The Special Criminal Court heard how Mr Barr was standing at the counter of the bar, socialising. At 9.31pm, two men wearing 'Freddy Kruger' masks got out of a grey Audi, parked across the road from the Sunset House, and went into the pub.

One of the men approached Mr Barr and shot him seven times. The other man stood at the door and discharged one shot, which struck the bar.

The men then fled in the car, which was later found partially burnt-out in Drumcondra.

Inside, officers found three rubber masks, a baseball cap and four firearms. These items were "intimately connected with the killing", Mr Justice Tony Hunt said, describing the masks as "eye-catching, lurid and distinctive".

The judge said the court was satisfied that DNA found on the baseball cap and one of the masks was Cumberton's and that the three people seen outside the Audi were "involved intimately" in the events at Sunset House.

Mr Justice Hunt said that although the court could not determine which role Cumberton played in the shooting, he was one of the two seen to dump the items linked to the killing in the getaway car.

Earlier, the judge had said that the people in the Sunset House that night were "treated to a very traumatic spectacle indeed".

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