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We catch up with 'parranoid' thug after botched hit attempt

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Tommy 'The Zombie' Savage
Tommy 'The Zombie' Savage

Tommy ‘The Zombie’ Savage will spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder after telling friends a north Dublin-based killer and drug dealer was behind last week’s assassination attempt.

Sources close to Savage, 66, said he believes he was targeted for assassination on Friday night of last week after a woman “wrongly” complained to this thug that Savage was “hassling” her.

The thug Savage believes is responsible for the hit is known to gardai and has spent time in prison for both manslaughter and large-scale cannabis dealing.

“Tommy had told people he has been threatened by this thug in the weeks running up to last week’s shooting,” a source told the Sunday World.

“He said a woman had gone to this man claiming Tommy was hassling her … something he denies.

“The upshot of it was that he was already on alert when the shooting happened.

“He was out the door of the car and gone before the second bullet hit the car.

“People are saying it’s a miracle he survived, but Tommy knew they were coming for him and that saved his life.”

Sources say that Savage has so far refused to divulge any details of the threat against him to gardai.

But sources say officers investigating the shooting would be sceptical of any such claims by Savage due to his troubled mental history.

Sentenced to five years in prison over a plot to smuggle four tonnes of cannabis into Greece in the Nineties, Savage has spent the last three decades claiming to be the target of an international plot to destroy him.

In previous interviews the former INLA man claimed to be a legitimate businessman who has been targeted by gardai, journalists, Bill Gates, Yahoo!, child pornographers, underworld bosses, nazis and Dutch lawyers.

Officers in Swords, Co. Dublin, are continuing to pursue other lines of inquiry, including that he has been dragged into a criminal dispute
involving a younger relative.

The Sunday World this week tracked Savage down to a north Dublin housing estate where he is lying low in the aftermath of the shooting.

But, spotting our team, Savage,who was wearing a navy baseball hat in an attempt to conceal his identity, turned and went back inside the house before we could question him over the row.

The house boasts a state-of-the-art high-security CCTV system that allows its inhabitants to monitor comings and goings in and out of the estate.

“Mentally, Tommy wouldn’t be a in a great place over this,” the source continued.

“He has had a bad time of it over the years and a lot of people have distanced themselves from him because of his delusions.

“He is genuinely upset over stories saying he was shot at as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud, because he has absolutely nothing to do with any of that.

“Tommy is extremely paranoid at the best of times but this time he was right to be worried and the fact he was, more than likely saved his life.”

Savage – who once claimed to be worth €2 million – now survives on the State old-age pension and drives a 10-year-old Renault Clio.

He had just parked the car outside the gates of a property he was staying in at Rathbeale Crescent in Swords at 7pm on Friday night, when a gunman opened fire.

Savage jumped from the car and ran, injuring his wrist while jumping over a wall.

A black Audi car, which cops believe was used in the shooting, was later found burnt out close to Dublin Airport.