An associate of murdered Warren Crossan has gone into hiding, terrified that he will be the next target for the drug dealer's killers.
Adrian 'Aidy' Holland has been warned that pals of notorious Dublin hitman Robbie Lawlor, who was shot dead outside the north Belfast man's home in April, are gunning for him.
The same gang carried out the revenge murder of Crossan at his mother's home in the west of the city last weekend.
They had accused the 28-year-old of double-crossing Lawlor and providing the getaway car used in his killing.
Sources say that within an hour of learning of the Crossan shooting, Holland, who leads a nomadic lifestyle to avoid being targeted, was on the move again.
Last month a court was told the 36-year-old was arrested in connection with the Lawlor murder but freed on police bail with an evening curfew.
"The gang that killed Warren Crossan have made it clear that Aidy Holland is next on their list," said a source.
"They blame him for Lawlor being killed, even though he has denied having anything to do with it."
Holland was identified in Belfast Magistrates Court last month as having met Lawlor on April 3 at a supermarket carpark in the village of Crumlin, Co Antrim, to hand over cash.
Giving evidence, a detective explained how arrangements were made for a second meeting the following day at a house on Etna Drive in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.
He said: "Robert Lawlor did attend that appointment and when he arrived he was met by a gunman who exited (the address) and shot him dead in broad daylight."
Holland was arrested at his mother's home in the area three days later and subsequently released on bail without charge but with an evening curfew.
It was during a failed court application to have this lifted that details of his links to Lawlor were revealed.
The hitman's pals are hell-bent on killing anyone they believe is connected to his death.
Lawlor was a major gangland figure in the south and the main suspect in the horrific January mutilation and dismembering of Drogheda teenager Keane Mulready-Woods.
The gun for hire had been regularly in Northern Ireland prior to his murder, spending time collecting drug debts from dealers who owed cash to gangs across the border.
The thug even stopped off in rural Armagh to demand £16,000 from a small-time drug pusher whose original debt was just £2,000.
Detectives believe that Warren Crossan, the son of murdered Continuity IRA chief Tommy Crossan, was among those people visited by Lawlor.
Crossan is suspected of using family connections in Limerick to set up the notorious criminal for murder and of providing the Volkswagen Scirocco getaway car used in his shooting.
The day after the Lawlor ambush, two women were arrested by gardai en route to Limerick and in possession of £50,000. This is believed to have been a bounty for the killing, part of which was to be paid to Crossan.
The murdered dad-of-one, who used a high-end car sales business as a front for cocaine dealing, was shot dead by two masked gunmen eight days ago outside his mother's home on Belfast's Rodney Parade - the same property from which he led his dissident father's funeral procession six years ago after he was gunned down following a row over cash with rival republicans.
Warren Crossan's killers chased after and shot him six times as he begged for his life. He died almost instantly.
At his funeral from St John's Church on the Falls Road in Belfast on Friday, Fr Martin Magill told mourners that the murder victim was a devoted son, partner and brother.
He said: "Warren witnessed his father Tommy being gunned down, an event which traumatised him."
While politicians and churchmen have appealed for an end to the bloodshed sparked by the murder of Lawlor, security sources believe further violence is inevitable.
One senior cop told Sunday Life it would be difficult to protect anyone alleged to have been involved in the cross-border gangland killing.
This mirrors, in part, what the PSNI said about the Lawlor shooting during Adrian Holland's failed legal bid to have his police curfew lifted.
A detective told Magistrate George Conner: "This murder is linked to a feud between organised crime gangs originating out of the Republic of Ireland.
"It's a comprehensive and complex investigation, with numerous links to organised crime gangs operating internationally, as well as in mainland UK and throughout Ireland."
These statements will worry Adrian Holland, the man whose garden in which Lawlor was repeatedly shot and who police say met him to exchange cash the day before the killing.
A close friend told Sunday Life: "Aidy swears he had nothing to do with either killing or setting up Robbie Lawlor.
"He really is living in fear and is terrified that he will be murdered like Warren Crossan.
"Yes, Lawlor was shot dead in Aidy's garden, but he is saying that's his only link to what happened and he is completely innocent and knew nothing.
"His head is away with worry."