Bray Boxing Club murder: When ‘the wrong person’ is shot

Bobby Messett was not the target. Another assassination ends in the death of an unintended victim

Bray Boxing Club murder: gardaí at Pete Taylor’s sports club, where Bobby Messett was shot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Bray Boxing Club murder: gardaí at Pete Taylor’s sports club, where Bobby Messett was shot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Larry Dunne, the man most widely associated with introducing heroin to Ireland, was being led away to begin a lengthy jail sentence in 1983 when he turned to gardaí and said: “If you think we were bad, wait till you see what’s coming next.”

What was coming next is what happened in Bray on Tuesday. Even by the standards of modern Irish crime it was a savage attack. The apparent target, the boxing coach Pete Taylor, was hit in the arm and chest. The gunman also shot Bobby Messett in the face, killing him instantly, and hit Ian Britton in the leg, leaving him with serious injuries.

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