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Mother of Kinahan cartel hitman 'sick' over son's suspected gangland crimes

The burnt-out getaway car found after the murder of David Douglas
The burnt-out getaway car found after the murder of David Douglas

The mother of one of the country's most feared hitmen is "sick to her stomach" over his suspected involvement in a number of gangland murders.

The criminal, aged in his late 20s, is a chief suspect in the capital's latest gangland murder.

David 'Daithi' Douglas (52) was shot dead on Bridgefoot Street in the south-inner city on Friday afternoon by a lone gunman.

Gardai suspect a prolific hitman from the Cabra area may have been the trigger man, while it is also being investigated whether a young criminal recently released from prison acted as the getaway driver.

It has now emerged that the mother of the gangland hitman is disgusted by the actions of her son and his involvement in the capital's current feud.

"The man's mother is worried sick about his role.

"She has expressed serious concern over him being linked to several murders," a source said.

"She is a decent woman but the same can't be said about her son. He doesn't live in the family home any more, and even his own mother now thinks he is a scumbag."

It is understood that Douglas was targeted after the Kinahan cartel believed he was involved in an attempted hit on the organised crime gang.

In November last year, a gunman dressed in a wig approached a group of cartel associates outside the Red Cow Hotel and attempted to fire a number of shots - but the weapon jammed.

Kinahan cartel members suspected Douglas - as well as his slain friend Darren Kearns (31) - of being involved in the failed hit.

However, gardai are satisfied that Douglas was in a pub in the north-inner city at the time and had no direct involvement in the attempted shooting.

The feared hitman suspected of involvement in Friday's murder is also a chief suspect in the callous 2006 murder of Baiba Saulite.

The killer was a close confidante of Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, the Dublin crime boss who was shot dead a month later.

He is also suspected of being among the four-man hit team involved in the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr on February 8 this year.

The innocent taxi driver, who was a brother of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, was gunned down at his home on Poplar Row, Ballybough, in a killing linked to the ongoing feud in the capital.

The suspected hitman was arrested in relation to Eddie Hutch's murder and was questioned by detectives for a number of days before being released without charge.