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prison arrest Gardai continue to quiz Kinahan gangster Paul Beatty over Jason 'Buda' Molyneux murder

Beatty (32) was arrested by gardai at Mountjoy Prison on Thursday.

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Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty

A Kinahan cartel criminal was taken from prison and questioned by gardai over the murder of a gunman linked to the Hutch gang.

Paul Beatty, who is serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence for possession of a firearm, was quizzed by gardai over the murder of Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneux who was shot dead in Dublin’s north inner in January 2018.

Beatty (32), who is originally from East Wall but has an address in Eugene Street in Dublin 8, was arrested by gardai at Mountjoy Prison on Thursday before being brought to Store Street Garda Station where he was being questioned tonight.

The Kinahan side of the feud are believed to have targeted Molyneux as they feared he would seek revenge for the murder of his pal Derek Coakley Hutch who was shot dead outside Cloverhill Prison in January 2018.

Molyneux had taken to wearing a bullet-proof vest around that time but wasn’t wearing one when he was shot four times in the chest and twice in the stomach by a lone gunman outside James Larkin House on January 30, 2018.

Five months after murder gardai caught him in possession of a loaded firearm after they had him under surveillance.

They watched as he cycled along the Royal Canal from Phibsboro towards Drumcondra with the loaded firearm in a bag under his arm. They later saw him on the Ballybough Road cycling towards Fairview and pulled their vehicle across his path.

Beatty ran away from the officers and threw the gun away but was quickly tackled to the ground.

He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years after being convicted of possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

Beatty has been described in court as being at a high risk of reoffending and as a trusted and loyal member of a criminal gang.

He has been involved in serious gangland activities since his early 20s and was on his way to carry out what was supposed to be his first hit when he was arrested with another man when gardai saw them acting suspiciously a car in Clonshaugh in north Dublin in 2009.

A Magnum revolver, two petrol cans and latex gloves were found in the car. Beatty later told a prison officer he had been on a “mission” to “whack” someone.

Gardai believe they were on their way to shoot an associate of Anthony Russell who was shot dead in Artane in north Dublin the previous year as part of the Sheriff Street feud.

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