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Dumping ground Keane Mulready-Woods murder house turned into illegal dump

Site of gruesome murder of teen Mulready-Woods is used to illegally ditch rubbish as addict who cleaned up scene clocks up 12 prison offences

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The house at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda was used for the brutal killing

The house at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda was used for the brutal killing

The house at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda was used for the brutal killing

A drug addict who helped clean up the scene after the gruesome murder of teenager Keane Mulready- Woods clocked up more than a dozen disciplinary offences in prison while awaiting sentence for his role in the shocking crime.

The Sunday World can also reveal how Gerard 'Ged' McKenna's property in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda - where 17-year-old Keane was murdered and then dismembered - has become an illegal dumping site in spite of council efforts to seal it off.

Father-of-eight McKenna (52) was jailed for four years on Tuesday after the Central Criminal Court heard how he had been directed to clean up the house by now-deceased criminal Robbie Lawlor.

McKenna later told gardai he had carried out the botched clean up on the directions of Lawlor because if he didn't "He [Lawlor] will mince my child."

The sentence handed down to Mc Kenna was backdated to 22 months ago when he was first held in custody.

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Gerard 'Jedd' McKenna

Gerard 'Jedd' McKenna

Gerard 'Jedd' McKenna

 

McKenna spent the majority of this time in Cloverhill Prison before being moved to Mountjoy at the beginning of this year.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that while in Cloverhill, McKenna was anything but a model prisoner.

He was subjected to P19 disciplinary proceedings on at least a dozen occasions.

His disciplinary infractions including throwing objects at the net over the prison yard in a bid to knock down drugs which had been dropped in over the prison walls, possession of contraband magazines and damage to prison property.

After being moved to Mountjoy in January, McKenna was put on an enhanced prison regime in a bid to see if he could be encouraged to make something of his time in the prison.

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Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered

Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered

Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered

 

He is currently carrying out light duties on the prison landings - including cleaning duties - while awaiting a position in the kitchen, workshop or waste-management.

McKenna is unlikely to return to Drogheda after his release given the danger to his life as a result of the revulsion generated by the murder of 17-year-old Keane.

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Furthermore, his former council home, where the killing occurred, is now in an unlivable condition.

During a visit to the property by the Sunday World this week, we discovered how, despite the best efforts of the local council to seal it off, locals have been using it to dump bags of rubbish.

Steel gates at the rear of the property have been pulled open and dozens of rubbish bags littered the yard where a half a blood-soaked couch was discovered by gardai in the wake of the killing.

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Rubbish piled up around the property

Rubbish piled up around the property

Rubbish piled up around the property

 

We also witnessed how efforts had been made to pull back a steel shutter, blocking off a window at the rear of the home, by individuals seeking to gain access to the property's interior.

Evidence was heard at his Central Criminal Court trial how McKenna had been ordered by an unnamed criminal to get rid of evidence after allowing his house to be used by Keane's killers.

After McKenna's sentencing, we revealed the previously unnamed criminal's identity as slain mobster Robbie Lawlor.

Lawlor was described in court as a now deceased criminal of "very significant notoriety" who was linked to several murders including that of a "very close friend".

Lawlor, who was a member of the so-called anti-Maguire faction in the Drogheda feud, was the chief suspect for a string of murders, including that of Tallaght criminal Mark Byrne (29) in 2005, David 'Fred' Lynch (26) in 2009 and his pal Noel Deans (27) the following year.

Only hours after Deans' killing, Lawlor perversely drank tea with and consoled his victim's heartbroken mother.

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Gardai in Coolock where body parts were found

Gardai in Coolock where body parts were found

Gardai in Coolock where body parts were found

 

Lawlor was also the chief suspect for the murder of his former close associate, Kenneth Finn (36), in February 2018.

He was the brother-in-law of drug dealer Richie Carberry, who was shot dead outside his Bettystown home while Lawlor was in jail.

Carberry is understood to have been murdered on the orders of a north Dublin drugs boss known as 'Mr Big', a close pal of Ken Finn.

Keane Mulready Woods was murdered on January 12, 2020 and parts of his body were found in a bag in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin. Two days later, his head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in the Drumcondra area of Dublin.

When gardai searched the house at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth they found blood splatter and bungled attempts had been made to remove evidence.

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Rubbish piled up around the property

Rubbish piled up around the property

Rubbish piled up around the property

 

Lawlor had been involved in a number of gangland feuds including the violence between gangs in Drogheda. The month before Mulready-Woods was killed, Lawlor had been confronted by a gang outside a gym in Dublin.

He lost a pair of flip-flops he had been wearing which were then used to taunt him via social media messages.

Flip-flops were found in one of the bags containing Mulready-Woods' body parts in what was thought to be a threat to his enemies.

A few months later Lawlor was shot dead in Belfast.

McKenna told gardai of his fear of the gangster. He told interviewing officers: "He will mince my child" and "I don't know why I took the call", and that he had to do it to save his kids.

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Mulready- Woods’ torso was found on this wasteland

Mulready- Woods’ torso was found on this wasteland

Mulready- Woods’ torso was found on this wasteland

 

He said he was told to stay away from the house and when he returned on Monday morning, he discovered it had already been partially cleaned.

"They told me to f***ing clean and burn my settees and that," he told gardai, adding that he was "off his head taking Xanax" and cocaine while cleaning up.

McKenna was captured on CCTV buying paint in a nearby hardware store that afternoon, while a neighbour told gardai that he gave the accused packets of wood flooring.

Gardai noted that in the days after the murder, McKenna was "inconsolable" and "intermittently crying".

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Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

 

While in custody, he overdosed on pills and was hospitalised for two days.

The court was told that Keane Mulready-Woods was lured to the house by people involved in organised crime and that, while McKenna did not know specifically what his house was being used for, he knew "something bad was going to happen".

Two other men are due to go on trial before the Special Criminal Court later this year charged with the murder of Keane Mulready Woods.

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