BROTHERS OF ALL EVIL
Brother of Kinahan cartel killer unmasked as bungling ‘spotter’ for hitman in murder of innocent dad on Spanish holiday
- 8:00, 21 Aug 2022
- Updated: 22:05, 20 Aug 2022
THE brother of Kinahan cartel killer Eamon Cumberton is the “spotter” who played a role in the murder of innocent dad Trevor O’Neill, we reveal today.
As Trevor is mourned by his family on the sixth anniversary of his killing, we can reveal how Michael Cumberton, 31, was identified by Spanish police as being a member of the hit team that murdered the dad-of-three.
The dissident republican group targeted him after his brother Eamon, 34, murdered dissident republican Michael Barr, 35, at the Sunset House Pub in north inner city Dublin in April 2016.
But Cumberton and Clarke’s plan to kill another member of the Hutch family failed when Mr O’Neill was killed instead.
The innocent victim was shot dead in front of his partner Suzanne and the couple’s three children in the resort of Costa de la Calma.
One investigator told us: “Michael Cumberton was a trusted member of the Kinahan organised crime group and is suspected of providing support to Glen Clarke in this criminal enterprise. He was very loyal to his brother and was trusted because Eamon was a contract killer. Cumberton was based in Spain at the time so was the perfect recruit.”
The pair — who are believed to have been using fake passports — are understood to have travelled to Belfast just hours after the Dublin City Council worker’s murder.
It’s understood they then travelled to Dublin for a “debrief”.
And in a Spanish police file seen by the Irish Sun on Sunday, investigators believe Michael Cumberton was the man Jonathan Hutch identified as the person he had seen “from the north inner city” who “spent the evening” on his phone on the night before Trevor’s killing.
Hutch also told investigators he feared he was being “watched” before the hitman struck.
In the immediate aftermath of the murder, Hutch, whose brother Gareth was shot dead in May 2016, also told detectives the bullet was “meant” for him.
Although the file seen by us outlined how Spanish police were “very anxious” to solve the killing, with “no resource being spared in an attempt to apprehend the killers and several lines of inquiry ongoing”, Cumberton and Clarke will never face trial for the shocking murder as both are dead.
Clarke, 26, is suspected of taking his own life in December 2016, while Cumberton died after falling from the balcony of an apartment in Marbella, Spain, in December 2018.
Although the investigation into dad-of-three Mr O’Neill’s killing is being run in Spain, Sinn Fein TD Aengus O’Snodaigh last week wrote to Justice Minister Helen McEntee and the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, Ildefonso Castro asking about the murder.
The Deputy said: “I hope Minister McEntee will inquire as to the state of play with the investigations both here in Ireland and with the Spanish authorities.
“While it has been reported that the suspected shooter has passed away, there were more than him involved and Trevor’s partner Suzanne has sought answers to many questions over the years.
“I would ask the Minister to consider meeting Suzanne to reassure her An Garda Siochana still have an ongoing investigation and that they will try and impress on their Spanish counterparts the need to follow up leads from their early investigation into this callous murder.”
And former Lord Mayor Nial Ring has written to Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan about the case.
KEEPING MEMORY ALIVE
Mr Ring said: “Trevor O’Neill served the people of his home city with professionalism, commitment and dedication. I think it’s only fitting that the council does everything within its power to keep his memory alive but also to ensure that justice prevails.”
As part of our revelations on the innocent man’s murder, we can also reveal gardai believe Daniel Kinahan’s ‘close confidant’ Sean McGovern — who is wanted over the murder of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan in December 2016 — ordered Clarke to travel to Spain.
And they also suspect that cartel kingpin Peadar Keating — currently serving a sentence over a botched plot to kill James ‘Mago’ Gately — provided cash for the hit.
They are also probing if associates of Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh provided support to the cartel sub-cell before the murder.
Despite the deaths of the two main suspects, investigators in Spain have vowed to act on any intelligence they receive from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
A source said: “If any new evidence comes to light regarding any individuals involved in this criminal enterprise it will be acted upon.”