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Paul Hickey has returned to Ireland after 15 years in a Spanish prison

Paul Hickey has returned to Ireland after 15 years in a Spanish prison

Paul Hickey has returned to Ireland after 15 years in a Spanish prison

This is the face of killer Paul Hickey, who has returned to Dublin after serving 15 years in a Spanish jail for the brutal murder of his partner Celine Conroy during a sun holiday in Alicante.

Locals have been shocked by his appearance and this week gardai warned him to stay away from the city centre after he was attacked by a group of men, and where distraught members of Celine’s family still live.

No member of the Conroy family wished to comment this week and asked for privacy to deal with the stress caused by his re-appearance in the capital.

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Paul Hickey is back on the streets of Dublin

Paul Hickey is back on the streets of Dublin

Paul Hickey is back on the streets of Dublin

Hickey attacked Celine, then 28, so violently that he kicked and punched her 35 times, leaving her with just two upper teeth. Her three children were in the Spanish villa at the time and were discovered by a relative who called the next day and discovered Celine dead in a pool of blood.

Hickey had showered and gone to bed after the assault and it took emergency services and police almost two hours to wake him. When he regained consciousness he lashed out and had to be sedated before he was placed in custody pending trial. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to the murder but not before two of his children had to give statements in relation to their mother’s death.

It is understood that Hickey was released from prison in recent weeks and moved home to Dublin where his father, Paul ‘Gash’ Ainscough, remained a prolific drug dealer right up until his death last year at the age of 70.

As our photographs show, Hickey’s appearance has drastically changed since he was last seen giving two fingers to the cameras as he was led off to jail for the murder of Celine.

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Paul Hickey is arrested in Alicante, Spain

Paul Hickey is arrested in Alicante, Spain

Paul Hickey is arrested in Alicante, Spain

He is bloated and balding with matted hair in his beard and has a large gash across the top of his head where it is understood he was hit with a metal bar during this week’s assault.

Hickey had been living homeless and was accommodated in a B&B before the assault which was reported by a relative of his to gardai.

He had been spotted at Summerhill and around Gardiner Street before he was set upon by a group of youths and beaten up. He has since moved out of the city centre and is being accommodated in a suburb where he has been visited by gardai and warned that he is not safe in the north inner city.

His father was one of the biggest heroin dealers in Dublin during the 1980s and 1990s and he was still hawking street tablets and bags of crack to addicts right until his health would no longer allow him walk the streets of the city.

In 2001 gardai had caught Ainscough with almost €100,000 which they suspected he was using to buy heroin. The money was confiscated by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

As his son languished in a Spanish jail, ‘Gash’ dealt drugs on foot, making his way around busy shopping streets in the inner city and also in Rathmines where he kept a property.

Observers would regularly see him surrounded by addicts like a sick Pied Piper pocketing a fortune out of others’ misery. His partner Bridie Hickey, daughters Charlene and Celine and son Paul were all named as relatives who would ‘sadly miss’ him after he died.

Hickey killed Celine in front of their three young children at the resort of Sal Fungencio after he had flipped out on a diet of drink and drugs. The villa on Calle Helsinki in the Marina Oasis complex belonged to his father ‘Gash’ and was purchased from the money he made selling heroin.

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Tragic victim Celine Conroy

Tragic victim Celine Conroy

Tragic victim Celine Conroy

Hickey left Celine dying on the floor of the house for up to seven hours after the attack and her two oldest children would later have to give statements to the court. He pleaded guilty in court in 2008 and was ordered not to go near the family on his release.

The Conroy family had battled hard to keep Celine away from Hickey after their relationship

began and on a number of occasions she was sent to Devon to put a

distance between the two, but they always got back together.

Celine had been planning to come home from a lengthy holiday to Alicante when the attack happened. She had phoned her mother Sandra and told her she wanted to get the children ready for school and said she’d been rowing with Hickey over his excessive booze and drug binges. She had been trying to get clean and was on a physeptone programme at the time of her death.

Hickey had a shower and went to bed after the savage assault and left his children alone in the villa with their mother’s body.

The following morning his aunt called to the house to discover the traumatic scene.

Her mother Sandra took in the children and had the heartbreaking job of unpacking the family suitcases after the murder.

In them she found three little angels, bought by Celine in a Spanish trinket shop, one for each of her children.

Hickey had followed his father into the family business and was a major drug supplier himself but his own habit was insatiable.

Despite the murder ‘Gash’ Ainscough continued to peddle his wares and was a regular on Talbot Street.

The greedy pensioner took the same walking route every day as far as O’Connell Street and back down through Abbey Street — selling ‘Zimmos’ and bags of heroin to drug addicts on the way — until he was struck with illness.

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