Mourners pay re­spects as Molyneaux buried amid ma­jor se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY EMMA MCMENAMY

THERE was a ring of steel at the fu­neral of mur­dered Ja­son ‘Buda’ Molyneaux yes­ter­day.

The cof­fin of the 27-year-old was car­ried from his mother Biddy’s flat by six men to the nearby Catholic Church of St Agatha on North Wil­liam Street in Dublin’s north in­ner city.

Around 100 mourners paid their re­spects at the ser­vice which was heav­ily guarded by uni­form and armed units.

Ki­na­han car­tel key tar­get Ross Hutch was among those in at­ten­dance.

He cov­ered his face with his jacket as he walked be­hind the cof­fin as it was brought into the build­ing.

A hearse con­tain­ing flow­ers spelling out “Dad” and “Buda” fol­lowed be­hind.

The fa­ther-of-one is thought to have been mur­dered by a gang in a re­lated West Dublin feud but the­o­ries also cen­tre around a Ki­na­han hit. He was the sus­pect in a num­ber of as­sas­si­na­tions be­fore his death. Fr Bren­dan Kelly led the ser­vice which heard Molyneaux be­ing de­scribed as a “mammy’s boy” un­til the end. His son also sang a song, Lost Boy by Ruth B, at the start of the emo­tional ser­vice which was given a round of ap­plause af­ter­wards. Molyneaux’s sis­ter shared old sto­ries about them grow­ing up with the con­gre­ga­tion. A fe­male friend took over as she sobbed and gave out about the “Chi­nese whis­pers” which she claimed had been cir­cu­lat­ing about him.

Molyneaux was shot six times in Dublin’s north in­ner city on Jan­u­ary 30.

He had been warned by gar­dai a num­ber of times that his life was in dan­ger.

The vi­o­lent thug, who had 122 con­vic­tions, was due to carry the cof­fin of his mur­dered pal Derek Hutch the day af­ter he was killed.

Gar­dai be­lieve he may have been lured to his death.

De­tec­tives are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses who saw a white Re­nault Kan­goo van reg­is­tra­tion num­ber 10-D-126064 in or around the area of James Larkin House in north Dublin on the evening of Jan­u­ary 30 to come for­ward.

Fol­low­ing his death, Supt Gerry Mur­phy ap­pealed to those who knew any­thing about the killing to come for­ward. He said: “This is a cal­lous mur­der. This is a mur­der that has oc­curred in an area that has been sub­ject of a num­ber of mur­ders in the past.

“We need the help of the com­mu­nity to as­sist us. “We are out there on an on­go­ing ba­sis but we need the help of the com­mu­nity and in par­tic­u­lar I am ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity to come for­ward and help us with this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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We need the pub­lic to come for­ward and help us SUPT GERRY MUR­PHY DUBLIN YES­TER­DAY

WIT­NESS AP­PEAL Supt Gerry Mur­phy

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