LIMERICK’S notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang are suspected of carrying out the murder of Latvian Baiba Saulite as a favour for the leader of a non-national gang based in Dublin, the Irish Examiner has learned from well-informed sources.
Ms Saulite was shot dead in her home in Swords, Co Dublin, on Sunday night while her two children, Ali-Alexandra and Mohammed Rami, slept upstairs. Gardaí believe it was a contract killing.
The McCarthy-Dundon gang based in the south side of Limerick city are now the focus of the major garda investigation.
The Irish Examiner has learned that the McCarthy-Dundon gang may have carried out the murder in return for a contract they put out in Limerick on a member of their rival Keane-Collopy gang earlier this year.
Gardaí prevented that murder when they arrested a heavily armed non-national hitman in Limerick who was travelling towards the St Mary’s Park stronghold of the Keane-Collopy gang. That arrangement was brokered with a Latvian gang leader who has ties to the McCarthy-Dundon gang.
The non-national gunman was arrested after a major garda surveillance operation.
He was armed with a gun and gardaí believe he was on his way to murder a member of the Keane-Collopy gang on the orders of his Latvian boss at the request of his McCarthy-Dundon jail mate.
Before the Latvian hitman was arrested near Limerick city centre, he met up with members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang in Limerick after he travelled earlier in the day from Dublin. He switched cars in the Ballinacurra Weston area and was given directions about the location of the intended victim’s residence.
Gardaí believe the Latvian gang leader wanted to have Baiba Saulite murdered and his new McCarthy-Dundon ally agreed to have his gang carry out the murder as a favour for the botched contract in Limerick.
The McCarthy Dundons have already strong long-established links with another international gang, the Yardies in the north of England.
The Jamaican expatriate gang have supplied the McCarthy Dundons with a sizeable arsenal of automatic guns which they have used in the ongoing Limerick feud.