Belfast Telegraph

Gardai appeal for information about cars used in gangland killings

The gangland killers of an innocent mother-of-six and a young locksmith lay in wait for more than an hour before launching their deadly attack, gardai believe.

Antoinette Corbally was shot several times at the front of her home on Balbutcher Drive in Ballymun as the intended target, her convicted gunman brother Derek Devoy, fled the scene.

The second victim, Clinton Shannon, a locksmith from Swords, Dublin, was hit by a number of bullets as he sat in a car on the street outside the property.

As part of their investigations into the August 17 attacks detectives are trying to establish the prior movements of two cars used in the killings.

Gardai said a silver Opel Zafira, registration number 08-LS-3101, was parked beside a building site at the junction of Balbutcher Lane and Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun for at least an hour before the murders.

They said that from this vantage point the occupants had a clear view of the location where the murders took place.

When their intended target, Mr Devoy, drove into Balbutcher Drive, the Opel Zafira car lefts its vantage point and followed him to the location of the murders.

The killers abandoned the Opel car and fled the scene on foot through bollards at the end of Balbutcher Drive onto Crannoge Terrace, police said.

A black Golf, registration number 06-LH-3466, was waiting for them at Crannoge Terrace and drove them away.

The Golf travelled across Ballymun in the direction of Ikea, through the Northwood business, retail and housing development and on into Santry Close where it was set on fire.

Detective Superintendent Colm Fox also said the cars were purchased in the weeks before the murders and had to have been parked somewhere.

"I am asking members of the public to contact us if indeed they did see these cars parked up anywhere or even similar type cars," said Mr Fox.

He added: "Parking spaces in apartment complexes, housing estates, and other parking areas are at a premium.

"Was your parking spot or a neighbours blocked by either of these cars or similar cars or indeed any car for any length of time?

"Any information you may have, no matter how insignificant it might seem to be to you, could be very important to the investigation."

Mr Devoy, known by the nickname Bottler, who is believed to have been the target of the shooting was released from jail in 2015.

He has convictions for a drive-by shooting in Ballymun, more than 10 years ago, and armed robbery.

His sister is not the first in the family to face a gangland onslaught.

His brother Mickey was shot dead and his body dumped in a lane in Tallaght, Dublin, in early 2014 after he had been freed from prison.

It is understood the brothers have been embroiled in long-running feuds over several years which have been linked to drug dealing, debts and personal disputes with rivals.

Anyone with information about the cars used in the murders has been asked to contact Gardai at Ballymun Garda Station 01-6664400 or the Garda Confidential line 1800666111

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