Man held over Co Louth murder

Tue, Mar 13, 2012, 00:00

A man (20) has been arrested over the murder of a Dublin man in Ardee, Co Louth in October 2010.

Stephen Hanaphy, also known as Stephen Lyndon (20), Cromcastle Court, Coolock, collapsed and died after being shot outside a house in the Sliabh Breagh estate in Ardee.

His body was found about hours later.

Several people have been detained and questioned as part of the gardaí’s investigation into the murder.

Another man was arrested in Dundalk this morning, and is being questioned by detectives at Dundalk Garda station.

Gardaí believe Mr Hanaphy was part of a four-man group that travelled by car from Dublin to the Sliabh Breagh estate on Friday night to carry out an attack.

Detectives believe the gang may have been paid by another party who wanted a man in Ardee either beaten or kidnapped, possibly to force payment of a drugs debt. One of the gang that went to the Ardee house is a known debt-collector also involved in “settling rows” between Travellers.

Gardaí believe Mr Hanaphy, a body builder, may have been brought along to Ardee as “muscle”. He was not a gangland criminal.