Gardaí know motive for murder of man found in gateway

Detectives identify suspects who killed Dubliner and dumped his body

Gardaí believe they know the identity of the men who carried out the murder of Dubliner Andrew Guerrine. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí believe they know the identity of the men who carried out the murder of Dubliner Andrew Guerrine. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

 

Gardaí investigating the murder of a man whose remains were found dumped by the side of the road believe they have identified the motive for his killing.

Detectives also believe they know the identities of the men who carried out the murder of Dubliner Andrew Guerrine.

The remains of the drug-user and dealer were found in the same gateway on Steelstown Lane, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, where a baby girl was found abandoned almost three weeks ago.

It is believed Mr Guerrine (37), who was in ill health from years of drug abuse, had stolen money from a Dublin crime gang which also feared he may become an informer.

The emergency services were alerted to Mr Guerrine’s death after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public just before 3am on Saturday. Gardaí said he was pronounced dead when the emergency services arrived at the scene near Rathcoole close to the N7 and Kildare-Dublin border.

Post

mortem The results of a post

mortem on his remains have not been disclosed for operational reasons, but it is believed his throat was slashed and that he had sustained a number of other serious injuries.

From New Street in Dublin’s south inner city, Mr Guerrine was well known to gardaí for his involvement in drug dealing and as an abuser of drugs including heroin.

He had been to prison on numerous occasions and fraternised with members of a well-known Dublin drugs gang which supplies smaller dealers in the regions.

Evidence

The investigation, which is being led by Supt Brendan Connolly at Clondalkin Garda station, has also identified a number of suspects.

Garda sources said work on trying to establish the movements of those men on Friday night and Saturday morning was “going well”.

Supt Connolly said the Garda wished to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the area of Steelstown Lane between midnight on Friday and 3am on Saturday.

He said the public could contact Clondalkin Garda station on 01-6667600, the Garda confidential line on 1800-666111 or any Garda station.