Gang suspect linked to hit and run killing dodges court
A CHIEF suspect in the murder of an innocent Dublin teenager killed two months ago is unlawfully at large after failing to turn up in court for sentencing on another matter.
Father-of-three Stephen Lynch (32), died after being deliberately knocked down by a car near his home in Tallaght on April 13.
The popular man, who was not involved in crime, was believed to have been targeted by a group of four young men in a vehicle after getting involved in a verbal altercation with them shortly before the incident.
Four suspects have been identified in the incident and it is believed they had been in the area collecting drug debts for a drugs gang.
Mr Lynch did not owe them any money, but was involved in a verbal exchange with them before he was run down.
Two of the four men are brothers from the Crumlin area. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of one of the men after he went on the run while awaiting sentence on another matter.
He was due to be sentenced over drug dealing and other issues last month, but failed to turn up in court.
Another of the Crumlin men turned up in court last month on a separate minor matter.
A third man suspected of involvement in the killing is a violent young criminal from the south Dublin area who has served time in prison for viciously attacking another man.
That man, who was previously a boxer, has a strong propensity for violence The gang are suspected of involvement in other attacks on young men in Crumlin and other parts of south Dublin in recent times.
Gardaí have raided properties and seized a vehicle in connection with the killing.
They have yet to arrest the suspects, but are hopeful of bringing charges against those involved.
Meanwhile, relatives of Stephen expressed their frustration that the killers were still at large.
“Ireland is a place you can murder someone one day and go get your teeth whitened the next day.
Gas carry on,” his brother Ray posted on Facebook this week. However, he expressed hope they would be charged with the crime.
“Their day will come,” he said. His mother Vera Donovan described the gang involved as “animals”.
She previously appealed for anyone with information on the killing to contact Gardaí.
“The people who are choosing to say f*** all about it are worse than the killers. “I hope you find it in your heart to say what you know you saw.
As a mother I can’t understand your silence, may this heartache never knock at your door.”
Stephen’s heartbroken partner Kellie described him as “an amazing dad and an idol” to their eight-year-old son Cillian.
“He was such an amazing father to Cillian and a wonderful partner.
He was Cillian’s idol and they did everything together. “Stephen had a heart of gold and we love and miss him so much.
He loved playing football with his kids. He was a very good footballer, he played in America.”
She said he was incredibly generous and would go out of his way to help others.
“He never stopped joking, he loved a laugh and would do anything for anyone.
He gave a homeless man his McDonald’s on the Luas because he felt so bad for him.”