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Drogheda feud thug is arrested over shocking desecration of a grave

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Distraught Helen Maughan and her husband Joe beside the desecrated grave of their son Bobby at Bohernabreena Cemetry

Distraught Helen Maughan and her husband Joe beside the desecrated grave of their son Bobby at Bohernabreena Cemetry

Helen and Joe Maughan with a picture of their sons Bobby and William

Helen and Joe Maughan with a picture of their sons Bobby and William

William Maughan and Ana Varslavane

William Maughan and Ana Varslavane

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Distraught Helen Maughan and her husband Joe beside the desecrated grave of their son Bobby at Bohernabreena Cemetry

A 25-year-old criminal, who is heavily involved in the Drogheda feud and was a pal of tragic teen Keane Mulready-Woods, has been arrested for the desecration of the grave of murder victim Willie Maughan’s brother.

The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by heavily armed gardaí at a property in Drogheda yesterday morning and was questioned by Tallaght gardaí about the shocking incident.

He was released without charge last night.

The arrest happened four years to the day that gangsters went to Bohernabreena Cemetery in Tallaght, at 2am, on August 18, 2016, when the grave of a relative of a man their mob are suspected to have murdered was dug up.

The grave of Michael ‘Bobby’ Maughan – whose brother Willie and girlfriend Ana Varslavane are believed to have been killed by the gang in April, 2015, was dug up.

The sinister incident occurred just a day after Michael’s father Joe appealed for information to help find the remains of his son and his pregnant partner, who gardaí believe were murdered by associates of jailed gang boss Cornelius Price.

Kidnapping

Last week the Herald exclusively revealed that gang boss Price and his dangerous sidekick Ger Dundon are banged up in an English prison on a serious kidnapping charge and yesterday’s arrest is expected to heap further pressure on the lethal mob.

“This individual was arrested as part of an investigation by the cold case unit in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation who required the support of the armed Regional Support Unit to carry out the arrest,” a senior source said last night.

“Once that happened the suspect was handed over to Tallaght detectives for questioning before he was released without charge last night,” the source added.

A file on the shocking incident will now be prepared for the DPP, with forensic evidence believed to be crucial in the case.

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Helen and Joe Maughan with a picture of their sons Bobby and William

Helen and Joe Maughan with a picture of their sons Bobby and William

Helen and Joe Maughan with a picture of their sons Bobby and William

Willie’s innocent older brother, father-of-four Michael ‘Bobby’ Maughan (30), passed away from meningitis in April 2008.

His grave was destroyed after thugs dug four foot down and a tape recorder which was laid on the coffin was exposed.

Devastated father Joe described the thugs behind the vandalism of the grave at the time as “the lowest scum” on earth.

“What kind of people are out there? What happened here is the worst of the worst, but that won’t stop me fighting for justice for my son.

“Me and my family will go to our graves, but we will get justice in the end,” he said.

The 25-year-old suspect being grilled by detectives last night is facing serious arson charges before the courts in relation to the Drogheda feud. Not only was he pals with Mulready-Woods (17), who was brutally murdered by the anti-Maguire faction in that gang warfare, the arrested man was also once friendly with members on the opposing side of the feud.

This includes jailed thug Paul Crosby, who is serving a prison sentence in Mountjoy Prison for Drogheda feud related activity.

While Crosby and the arrested 25-year-old were all once part of the same criminal network, they then had a bitter falling-out that led to the Drogheda feud.

Neither Crosby or the arrested 25-year-old are suspects for the double murder of Willie and Ana.

Herald