MAN IN CUS­TODY AS PHILLY LAID TO REST

BODY OF MUR­DERED DAD FOUND IN WOODS IN TROOP­ER­STOWN

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FOG­A­RTY

A BRAY MAN re­mains in cus­tody to­day sus­pected of the mur­der of Philip ‘Philly’ O'Toole (pic­tured).

Philly’s body was found in Troop­er­stown Wood in Rath­drum last Fri­day morn­ing. He had been miss­ing for over two weeks. The man be­ing ques­tioned by gar­dai is in his 40s and has links to se­ri­ous crime in the area.

Philly, orig­i­nally from Thorn­hill View in Bray, had been liv­ing in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions around Wicklow in­clud­ing Ark­low, Balt­in­glass and Ash­ford. He was mov­ing around as the con­victed crim­i­nal was a marked man due to an on­go­ing feud with high level crim­i­nals.

He was shot in the head at close range and his body dumped in the woods.

An at­tempt was made on Philly's life in En­niskerry in 2011 when he fought off his at­tacker and sus­tained a gun­shot wound to the stom­ach. The same year, graf­fiti was plas­tered on walls around the Fas­saroe area call­ing Philip a ‘rat' and an ‘informer' and in­cluded the chill­ing threat ‘RIP.'

His funeral took place yes­ter­day at St. Peter's Church in Bray. He is sur­vived by his par­ents Bren­dan and Irene, sis­ter Lor­raine, part­ner Jen­nifer, son Noah, and other fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Philip O’Toole’s dad Bren­dan car­ries his son’s re­mains at the funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Lit­tle Bray on Tues­day.

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