Two arrested over gangland murder ‘did not set him up’

GARDAÍ are satisfied that two people, including a 15-year-old boy, arrested in connection with the gangland murder of Stephen Byrne were not involved in setting him up.

The teenager was arrested in connection with the murder itself, while the other man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of withholding information relating to the fatal shooting.

But gardaí are now satisfied the 15-year-old was not involved in setting Byrne up and that the other man was not withholding information about the murder.

Stephen ‘Madser’ Byrne, 32, was shot dead in broad daylight by a lone gunman on a bicycle as he stood on a street corner with a group of up to four people.

The gun attack took place at the junction of Sheriff Street and St Lawrence’s Place East, just 50 metres from Byrne’s home, where he lived with his parents.

His death is the fifth gun murder linked to a violent feud in the area. He was related to two feud victims: Gerard “Batt” Byrne, shot dead in December 2006, and Aiden Byrne, gunned down last February.

Gardaí suspect Stephen Byrne was shot dead in retaliation for his suspected role in killing Stephen Ledden, in December 2006.

Detectives have identified an associate of Ledden as the main suspect for Byrne’s murder.

Byrne, a drug dealer and violent criminal, was set up, gardaí believe. “Somebody lured him. He got a phone call from someone he trusted,” said a Garda source.

The two arrested were in the company of Byrne when he was shot. Of the other two people, one has been voluntarily interviewed, while the fourth was spoken to at the scene.


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