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Garda killer was supplying handguns to criminal gangs and terrorists

A deactivated Glock currently for sale online
A deactivated Glock currently for sale online

Reports in today’s Irish Independent reveal that Adrian Crevan Mackin had been buying guns from the US online and bringing them into Ireland.

The republican thug had been purchasing decommissioned weapons which he then reactivated and sold on.

Adrian Crevan Mackin

US authorities tipped off Garda Special Branch who searched the violent cop killer’s home in Omeath in January and found two of the re-purposed guns and components for bomb-making but there was not enough evidence to prefer a charge for possession of the items.

He was already well-known to gardaí and the PSNI for his involvement in a breakaway faction of the Real IRA and had been spotted regularly in the company of "major players".

Crevan Mackin was charged with membership of the IRA and was on bail when he murdered Gda Golden and shot Siobhán Phillips before turning the gun on himself.

Garda Tony Golden 

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that the terror suspect had threatened the lives of two female officials from social services in Northern Ireland who were investigating him for domestic abuse.

The thug was caught with extreme animal porn when he was arrested for a previous assault on Ms Phillips.

Ms Phillips had suffered severe physical abuse and was living in fear. Last Friday night she had been subjected to a prolonged overnight attack during which he threatened to kill her and her entire family.

Her family reported the incident to gardaí on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon she went with her father, Sean, to Omeath Garda station where she gave a statement to Gda Golden.

Gda Golden escorted Siobhán to the house so that she could collect her things and return to her family home.

Thousands of mourners are expected at today's State funeral at Blackrock, Co Louth, today.

The Church has seats for just 300 people which will be reserved for family members and the official dignitaries. Gardaí are closing roads into the village from 10am until after 2pm.