A Young man’s Life, in Ireland, now, is Worth 200 Euros, Whats gone, so Fucking Wrong? Anthony Dempsey RIP, Bless his Family? Where were the Mc Verry Trust, Inspectors?

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‘Drugs den’ murder victim previous gang target but mystery deepens over grisly flat slaying

  • Crime Editor
  • 7:00, 15 Sep 2022

    MURDER victim Anthony Dempsey was once threatened by associates of gang boss Brian ‘King Ratt’ Rattigan, The Irish Sun can reveal.

    Dempsey — whose body was found in a suspected drugs den in the Kevin Barry Flats complex in north Dublin on Monday evening — was warned he would be killed over an unpaid €200 drugs debt in 2017.

    Anthony Dempsey's body was found at the Kevin Barry Flats complex in north Dublin on Monday
    Anthony Dempsey’s body was found at the Kevin Barry Flats complex in north Dublin on MondayCredit: Newspix
    Dempsey was once threatened by associates of gang boss Brian ‘King Ratt’ Rattigan
    Dempsey was once threatened by associates of gang boss Brian ‘King Ratt’ RattiganCredit: Courtpix

    He received the threat just a year before he was caged for four years for biting off the top of his friend’s ear during a row in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

    Although Dempsey, 28, wasn’t a major gangland figure, he was known to Gardai involved in ‘Operation Respite’ for his links to members of Rattigan’s gang in the Basin Street flats area of the capital’s north inner city.

    One theory is that Dempsey, who was known to have addiction problems, may have been involved in a row over drugs.

    One source said: “Tony Dempsey used to move the odd bit of gear for Rattigan’s gang but he wasn’t heavily involved in organised crime.

    “He was under serious threat at one stage because he owed money, but he managed to pay up in the end.

    “He had a very hard life and his addiction problems led to him coming into contact with dangerous criminals.

    “Tony Dempsey wasn’t under any type of specific threat and gardai will look at a wide range of issues as to why he might have been targeted.”

    The Garda investigation into his murder is being run by detectives from the Bridewell Garda station.

    His body was found in a flat at around 6.30pm on Monday.

    It was discovered after residents had complained of a bad smell coming from the property in recent days.

    When gardai arrived, there were a number of people present in the flat and the murder victim’s body had been partially covered.

    Investigators launched a murder probe after discovering he had been viciously beaten and had suffered serious head injuries.

    It’s not clear if a weapon was used in the brutal assault.

    Gardai will also speak to his friends and associates over the coming days.

    GARDA INTERVIEWS

    Detectives have already interviewed one woman under caution.

    Officers spent the day yesterday continuing with their house-to-house inquiries.

    They have already gathered CCTV footage from the flats complex and are continuing to analyse it.

    Detectives also want to speak to anyone who has information about the individuals who stayed at the flat and also visited it in recent days.

    Locals also told us how people had continued to visit the flat over the last week.

    One woman told us: “Local residents have raised concerns about this flat for the last two years but nothing has ever been done about it.

    ‘OBVIOUS CONCERNS’

    “There are obvious concerns in the area that someone could inflict such damage on a young man who had addiction problems.

    “There is a lot of anti-social behaviour linked to drugs around the flats complex and someone should take responsibility.”

    The resident added: “Locals thought the smell coming from the flat had something to do with the sewage system and couldn’t believe it when they heard a young man’s body had been found.

    “I don’t know how anyone could stay in the flat with a body inside — once the door opened the smell was horrendous.”

    Former Lord Mayor Nial Ring offered his support to the Dempsey family.

    The Independent councillor said: “I would like to offer my condolences to this young man’s family at this difficult time.

    “I would also encourage anyone with the slightest bit of information to come forward.”

    Tributes were also paid to the young man on social media.
    One said: “So young — rest in peace.”

    A body is removed from the ground floor flat in Kevin Barry House on Coleraine Street in Dublin’s north inner city
    A body is removed from the ground floor flat in Kevin Barry House on Coleraine Street in Dublin’s north inner cityCredit: Collins Photo Agency
    Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring
    Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial RingCredit: Paddy Cummins – The Sun Dublin

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