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Man arrested in connection with mistaken identity murder of Dean Johnson (21)

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Callous: The 21-year-old was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity
Callous: The 21-year-old was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity

Gardai are questioning a man in relation to the murder of Dean Johnson in the capital in 2013.

The 31-year-old man was arrested along with a 31-year-old female yesterday by Lucan Gardai in the Dublin area. She was later released without charged. 

The man is currently being questioned in connection with the murder of the 21-year-old. 

Johnson was ambushed on the Neilstown Road, Clondalkin, west Dublin, on August 24. He was shot just yards from his home at Harelawn Green.

There have been a number of arrests in connection with the callous murder but nobody has yet been charged. 

Three people were involved in his death. One gunman shot at him from a distance before a second gunman stood over him as he lay on the ground and shot him a number of times. 
 
A number of months after the murder, his brother Andrew (31) told the Sunday World the killing had devastated the family. 
 
Andrew also told how he regularly has to walk past the bullet holes in the ground where Dean was shot. 
 
“I see the holes in the ground over there. It’s horrible knowing that they went through his head,” he said.
 
Young Dean is believed to have been gunned down in a case of mistaken identity.
 
The man is being detained under the provisions of section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended at Lucan Garda station.