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Mob that killed Darren Kearns suspected of botched hit on associate

Darren Kearns
Darren Kearns

The gang that killed Darren Kearns in the car park of a Dublin pub are suspected of trying to kill another man in Cabra in November.

Reports in today's Herald say that detectives investigating the slaying of Kearns in front of his wife at Cumiskey's pub on Blackhorse Avenue are also looking into the possibility that the same gang also tried to kill David Douglas in Cabra in November.

David Douglas

Douglas escaped with his life after being shot three times while walking his dog on Killala Road in Cabra on November 8.

According to the paper, Kearns and Douglas became friendly in prison where both were locked up for drug offences.

Douglas was jailed for five years in 2010 in connection with a seizure of over €500,000 of cocaine in 2008.

Kearns was jailed in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis herb valued at €1.76m in 2010.

Sources have told the Herald that the drugs in both cases was trafficked here by the Christy Kinahan cartel and that mob's involvement in both shootings hasn't been ruled out.

Kearns was laid to rest at the weekend as Gardai continue to investigate his murder.