‘KEANE KILLER’ WHACKED
Vicious Robbie Lawlor had €200k bounty on head from mob run by Mr Big as three arrested and suspected killer in hiding
THE gangland psychopath suspected of butchering teenager Keane Mulready-Woods was blasted in a daylight hit yesterday.
Crazed hitman Robbie Lawlor, 35, was shot in the head in the front garden of a house in the Etna Drive area of Ardoyne, in north Belfast, at around 11.50am.
Lawlor — who had a massive €200,000 bounty on his head from the mob run by ‘Mr Big’ — had been in hiding since the Mulready-Woods slaying in January.
The Irish Sun can reveal it’s understood Lawlor contacted a north Belfast drug dealer he was travelling north on Monday to collect cash for a drugs shipment.
But when Lawlor turned up demanding cash the northern based dealer blasted him in the head.
The suspected killer is now in hiding as the PSNI hunt him.
As part of their probe, they also searched the property of a man who’s linked to the suspected killer.
Detectives are also trying to establish if Lawlor had been staying in north Belfast in recent days as he attempted to keep one step ahead of the gardai.
DOUBLE CROSSED POSSIBILITY
And they haven’t ruled out the possibility that he was double-crossed and murdered because of the huge price on his head.
Three men — including one from Limerick and two from Dublin — were later arrested by the PSNI as part of the probe.
A PSNI spokesman confirmed three men have been arrested and added: “They have been taken to Musgrave Police Station where they are currently being questioned.”
Following the shooting, Lawlor was named on various social media platforms as the victim.
We can reveal this then led to his worried family members contacting gardai in Drogheda.
Officers in Drogheda then contacted Garda HQ who were working closely with the PSNI.
RELATIVE IDS REMAINS
Locals in the Laytown area also told how a female relative travelled to the North to help identify his remains.
A source said: “He was one of the most barbaric and ruthless gangland figures in recent times.
“Lawlor was a complete and utter psychopath and that’s not an exaggeration. He had no regard for human life and an extreme example of his violence was the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods.
“He has a lot of blood on his hands over the years and had made enemies all over Ireland.
“Lawlor was also involved in many different feuds over the years and is no doubt one of the most depraved gangsters gardai have ever encountered — he was terrifying.”
Since the barbaric murder of Mulready-Woods, Lawlor had remained in hiding.
It’s understood he had been staying in safe houses in the capital and also in Co Meath since the teen’s murder.
He emerged as a chief suspect in that slaying because he was at war with the Drogheda gangs run by associates of Owen Maguire and notorious criminal Cornelius Price.
Dad-of-three Lawlor, was cleared of threatening to murder his ex-girlfriend’s partner and had other assault charges subsequently dropped against him dropped back in December.
A nationwide alert was sent around to Garda stations upon his release from prison.
The thug knew he was under threat and had been living under the radar, not returning to his home in Laytown, Co Meath.
In the following weeks, he was issued with a Garda Information Message, informing him his life was under threat.
BRO-IN-LAW FEUD VICTIM
The Irish Sun can also reveal the Drogheda feud’s second victim, Richard Carberry, is Lawlor’s brother-in-law.
We can also tell how a video emerged last night of Price — who still remains in hiding — toasting the demise of his enemy.
Videos also emerged of locals in Coolock celebrating his murder.
A local told us: “Robbie Lawlor was hated in this area because he was so evil. He would have had no problem torturing young lads for as small a debt as €20. There’ll be a lot of relief now he’s off the streets.”
Lawlor’s murder has also given the upper hand to enemies in the Drogheda feud.
His two close associates in that feud remain in Spain and were paying Lawlor to continue the feud.
He had taunted his enemies by leaving flip-flops in a sports bag containing Keane’s body parts.
This was in reference to a social media video in which Lawlor was attacked and his gym bag stolen. But he was also a target for the Maguire and Price faction after he was accused of blasting Maguire six times in July 2018.
Maguire survived the hit but was left paralysed, with his gang vowing revenge. Lawlor was also recorded on social media taunting Maguire about his injuries.
Before the murder bid on Maguire, Lawlor was also the chief suspect in the killing of Mr Big’s hitman Kenneth Finn in February 2018.
He’s also the major suspect in the killing of Noel Deans in 2010 and David Fred Lynch in 2009. Close associates of Lynch had also vowed revenge — and had taunted him on social media recently.
But other examples of Lawlor’s violence include him killing a dog in a drive-by hit and making a recording of him torturing a man who owed a drugs debt.
He was a major target for gardai in Coolock, Drogheda and also for the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
Speaking about yesterday’s killing, Det Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “This was a brutal killing and I believe the man was shot a number of times at close range.
“I am astounded by the recklessness of the killer or killers. Not only did they carry out this callous murder leaving a family experiencing their worst nightmare, but they did not care that children and other members of this north Belfast community were placed at risk.
“Murder is a heinous crime and killing someone during this global Coronavirus pandemic is sickening when people are trying to adjust to living a new way and trying to cope with the pressure this brings.
“Those involved in this murder selfishly gave no thought to the impact on frontline emergency services who are already working hard to keep people safe with an already stretched resource.
“I have launched a murder investigation and, while it is too early to speculate on the motive for the murder, I can confirm I am following a number of lines of enquiry in respect of the investigation.”
A light-coloured car, registration YLZ 7052, was found burned out in nearby Kingston Court.
Police are trying to establish if the car was used by the killers.
Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who saw the car and its occupants either before 11.50am in the Etna Drive area or after the murder had taken place.
Police are also seeking information about a dark-coloured vehicle seen in Ardoyne Avenue minutes
The story on Lawlor above tells it all, and seeing his Rivals toasting his Death, lets people know how dangerous these Criminals are, Fred