Spanish police state a gun possibly used to eliminate Irish journalist Veronica Guerin had actually been concealed “like a memento” in the garden of a drug baron’s Costa Blanca villa.
Detectives performed a raid on the house of infamous Irish lawbreaker John Gilligan this week and discovered a weapon of the same make and design as the one used to murder Ms Guerin in 1996.
They state the Colt Python.357 Magnum seized from Gilligan’s home in Torrevieja, near Alicante, is very unusual – although it will take “months” to identify whether it is the murder weapon.
Ms Guerin was working for the Sunday Independent when she was shot dead at a red traffic light on the Naas double carriageway on the outskirts of Dublin 24 years ago.
The weapon used in her killing was never ever found.
The criminal offense led to Gilligan’s trial and acquittal for masterminding her murder and a 28- year prison sentence for importing 2 tonnes of cannabis worth ₤32 m.
He has actually always rejected involvement in the murder.
One well-placed Spanish source stated: “On one hand, it wouldn’t make good sense for Gilligan to keep the murder weapon at his home since it would incriminate him. However this weapon was not being kept to utilize, quite the contrary.
” It had been hidden by someone who had placed the gun in a