GARDAÍ say that a suspected fire bomb attack in the Kilnacourt Woods estate in Portarlington last Thursday night was not in any way connected to the Gerard Eglington murder.
The Garda press office confirmed that a car was damaged by fire in the Kilnacourt Woods estate and a male in 20’s was arrested shortly afterwards.
He was subsequently detained for a period at Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He later appeared at a special sitting of Portlaoise District Court on Friday afternoon in relation to the incident and a file has been prepared for the DPP. The incident occured in the same estate where criminal Gerard Eglington was violently gunned down in a gangland style murder last month.
Eglington, aged 27, was murdered in front of his children at his Kilnacourt Woods home on September 24 at approximately 8.30am.
Last Monday morning, as part of their ongoing investigation, Gardaí mounted road checkpoints to quiz motorists as to whether they’d seen anything suspicious on the morning of the murder.
Eglington was well known to Gardaí who said they were ‘keeping an open mind’ on the possibility of a retaliatory incident in Portarlington.
Gardaí established that the registration number of the dark blue Mazda 6 car used in the murder was 05 KY 934 and that it was taken from Auburn Close, Castleknock in the middle of August 2012. They are also seeking information on the getaway vehicle used by after they burnt out the Mazda.
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Gardai in Portarlington on 057 86 36774 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.