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Daylight murder Gangster Robbie Lawlor was shot dead in drugs feud which has claimed four lives, court hears

The murder was part of a deadly drugs dispute among organised crime gangs with connections to Drogheda, Dublin, Sligo and beyond Ireland, the court heard.

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Murdered crime boss Robbie Lawlor. Photo: Pacemaker

Murdered crime boss Robbie Lawlor. Photo: Pacemaker

Murdered crime boss Robbie Lawlor. Photo: Pacemaker

Dublin gangster Robbie Lawlor was assassinated in broad daylight as part of a drugs feud which has claimed four lives, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors also said a plot to lure the underworld boss to his death had been formed at a hotel meeting attended by an international dealer.

Details emerged as Patrick Teer, one of two men charged with the murder in north Belfast, mounted a new bid to be released from custody.

Lawlor was killed outside a house at Etna Drive in the Ardoyne district on April 4 last year.

A gunman emerged from the property and opened fire, shooting the 36-year-old in the head and body.

The murder was part of a deadly drugs dispute among organised crime gangs with connections to Drogheda, Dublin, Sligo and beyond Ireland, the court heard.

"It was an assassination in broad daylight," a Crown lawyer said.

"There have been three murders in the last year, four since 2007, and a number of other attacks linked to this feud."

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The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

The murder scene of Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne

Neither Teer, 36, of Thornberry Hill in Belfast, nor 37-year-old co-accused Adrian Holland, from Etna Drive, are suspected of being the gunman.

Instead, they have been charged as part of a joint enterprise, based on their alleged involvement in events surrounding the killing.

Mr Justice Shaw was told the murder plot was devised nearly three weeks earlier.

According to the prosecution Holland travelled to Sligo and spoke to an unnamed international drug dealer at a hotel on March 16.

"His trip was paid for by Mr Teer," the Crown lawyer claimed.

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"That was when the plan was put in operation, it then involved Mr Lawlor being lured to an address at Etna Drive where a gunman opened fire."

Opposing Teer's latest application for bail, she alleged that he is a "trusted member" of the gang responsible.

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Searches in the Ardoyne after Lawlor’s murder

Searches in the Ardoyne after Lawlor’s murder

Searches in the Ardoyne after Lawlor’s murder

Disputing the strength of evidence against his client, Defence counsel Frank O'Donoghue QC insisted there was nothing to suggest he attended any meeting in Sligo.

"The Crown may inevitably run into insuperable difficulties in relation to connecting Mr Teer to involvement in the murder of Mr Lawlor," he said.

The defendant's family circumstances and clear record were cited as part of the defence case.

Teer's employer and brother both gave evidence on his behalf, with the court also told that sureties and property deeds worth up to £238,000 could be lodged.

Following submissions Mr Justice Shaw reserved judgment on the bail application.

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