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Family of murdered couple plead “how many more in the family have to die”?

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Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane
Willie Maughan and his partner Anna Varslavane

The family of a couple believed to have been murdered by a Dublin gang have pleaded “how many more in the family have to die”?

They spoke out following a vile pipe bomb attack on the house of a relative of the missing pair.

It’s believed the bombing was carried out by the same gang behind the disappearance of Tallaght man Willie Maughan (34) and his partner Anna Varslavane (21).

They have been missing since last April, when it is believed they were murdered by the north Dublin gang before their bodies were dumped.

The gang behind the killing are chief suspects in a pipe bomb attack on the home of Willie’s sister Martina in Rathfarnham on Thursday. 

Six children were in the home at the time of the callous attack and a friend of the family said if the pipe bomb had gone through a window the family “would be identifying bodies in the morgue”. 

A relative posted about the attack online, saying: “How many more is to die in our family? They cold-bloodedly murdered William and Anna for not doing something and now attempted to murder more. Our family will never be the same and is destroyed with the nightmare heartache pain of our William and Anna.”

Gardaí believe the same gang that murdered Willie and Anne were behind the attack. 

The pipe bomb attack on the home. Photo by The Herald

The couple were last seen in Gormanstown, Co Meath, on April 14, when it is believed they were murdered by the gang. The family said they received a desperate phone call from Anna pleading for help on the day of the murder. She said “help, help,” in the call and the family heard the couple’s voices in the background before the phone went dead. 

Gardaí have been carrying out searches for the couple’s bodies. 

The gang boss behind the killings sickeningly taunted and laughed at gardaí when they were carrying out the searches.

It is believed the gang boss is targeting Willie’s friends and family because they have been vocal in their quest for justice. 

His family said Willie was killed because he refused to murder another man. The gang boss who had him killed is also suspected of ordering the murder of Benny Whitehouse, who was shot dead in Balbriggan, north Dublin in September last year. 

He was arrested over that killing, but later released without charge. 

The criminal is involved in drug trafficking and a multi-million euro international car theft-ring, as well as armed robberies. He is also the central player in a feud which has seen numerous violent incidents in north Dublin and Louth in recent years.