Four questioned over Athy murder

Gardaí arrest three men and woman in relation to Lindsay death in Co Kildare town

The scene as forensic team members worked last week at Coneyboro Estate in Athy where a man was shot . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The scene as forensic team members worked last week at Coneyboro Estate in Athy where a man was shot . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Fri, Apr 12, 2013, 19:42

Gardaí are tonight questioning four people about the shooting dead last weekend of Jamie Lindsay. The Dubliner was murdered last Saturday night close to the house he was living in in Athy, Co Kildare.

The Garda investigation is focussed on the theory he was shot dead by local criminals involved in the drugs trade. The dead man was known to gardaí in both Athy and his native Finglas, north Dublin.

The 20-year-old is believed to have received texts on his phone on Saturday night and when he left his home at Coney Meadows on the Coneyboro estate, apparently to meet somebody, he was shot dead a couple of streets away.

When gardaí responding to calls about the shooting arrived on the scene at 8.40pm they found him wounded on the ground. He was pronounced dead in hospital just after 10pm.

Gardaí today raided properties in Athy and Stradbally where four people were arrested. Other searches were also underway tonight.

Of those arrested, two are men aged 21 years while a third man is aged 20 years. The fourth person detained is the girlfriend of one of the men. A car has also been seized in an effort to establish if it is linked to the killing.

The four people arrested are being held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be detained for up to seven days without charge.