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Gangland murder target's show of force

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry

GANGLAND murder target may have seen former friends turn against him, but he can still rely on his family.

Jason ‘Jay’ O’Connor, a former member of the Westies crime gang, who was the target of a hit attempt which claimed the life of another man earlier this year, has been spotted with his cousin Gareth Chubb recently. 

Chubb (27), who is a convicted cocaine dealer originally from Keeper Road in Drimnagh, is being closely monitored by gardai because of his suspected involvement in the drugs trade. 

While the pair are cousins, Gardaí did not believe they were operating in the same criminal circles previously. 

Gareth Chubb and Jason O'Connor

However, they are now monitoring the situation to see if they are working together. 

With the threat to O’Connor’s life, he may not see it as any harm to solidify his connection with Chubb. 

O’Connor (37), originally from Clonsilla, has been feuding with former Westies member David Goulding in recent years. 

A close pal of his was shot dead earlier this year after a gunman mistook him for O’Connor. 

Speaking after the shooting, O’Connor said: “There’s going to be f***ing war in this town. Them two aren’t going to see the end of this f***ing week.”

As well as feuding with Goulding, O’Connor was previously at loggerheads with the Real IRA gang led by Alan Ryan. The gang chopped off O’Connor’s trigger finger in an incident in Fairview. 

O’Connor and Chubb were spotted out together at a family birthday party last week and sources say O’Connor had been over in Drimnagh visiting Chubb several times recently. 

Earlier this year, the Sunday World revealed how Chubb combined business with pleasure by testing a number of high-powered weapons on a firing range during a booze-filled trip to the Czech Republic.