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Locals left shocked by ‘Kingsize’ murder

Locals left shocked by ‘Kingsize’ murder

Residents of The Old Mill housing estate were stunned to find a blue forensic tent covering Noel Duggan’s car this morning.

The veteran gangster, who was the closest friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was gunned down last night in a further dramatic escalation of the blood feud between two of Ireland's most powerful crime gangs.

58-year-old Duggan was blasted several times as he sat in a car outside his home at the Old Mill in Ratoath, Co Meath, at around 8pm last night.

This morning black plastic covered a section of the road immediately outside the house, thought to be protecting the spent bullet casings until they can be forensically examined.

“You’d see him around, going up and down to the shops, and he seemed like an ordinary sort of fella,” said one man out walking his dog this morning.

“I don’t think he was a threat to anyone, so maybe he was killed because of who he knows more than for anything he might have done himself.

Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

“It’s very sad for his family,” he added.

Early reports suggested that at least one gunman was involved in the attack, and he was driven from the scene in a getaway car along the Fairyhouse Road. Two cars were found burning a short time later on nearby Glencairn Lane.

Paramedics and gardaí rushed to the scene of the shooting but were unable to save the grandfather's life.

The murder of Hutch's closest friend and business associate is directly linked to the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs which has now claimed four lives.

Gardai examine a BMW and a Saab which were found burned out (suspected getaway vehicles) in Cairn Court near the scene this morning of a fatal shooting in The Old Mill Estate.

Gardai are interested in speaking to a man in dark clothing seen running from the scene.