The convicted drug dealer who Gardaí believe ordered the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis is suspected of being involved in a string of other gun attacks and at least one murder.
r Davis, 22, was shot dead in north Dublin over three years ago while pushing his four-month-old son in a pram near a primary school.
Wayne Cooney, 31, of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, was yesterday convicted of the fatal firearms attack which the court said stemmed from a €70,000 drug debt owed by the victim.
Gardaí believe debts were owed to a major Coolock drug dealer who has been a prime target of anti-gangland Gardaí in recent years.
The 33-year-old criminal, who could only be identified as CD at trial, is also suspected of being directly involved in at least one other fatal shooting.
He was also investigated for attempted murder and shooting, and was previously arrested when Gardaí foiled a possible gangland attack.
Detectives suspect he hired Cooney to carry out the murder because he was in a relationship with the drug dealer’s sister at the time.
The Central Criminal Court also heard the criminal send threatening texts to Mr Davis in advance of the murder. On the news, he warned, “I’m on your case mate, it won’t be long,” and later told him, “Soon, very soon, bang bang.”
Mr Davis was shot dead three times on May 22, 2019 while pushing his young son in a pram in an alleyway next to Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndale
Minutes earlier, he had posted a tribute to his friend Sean Little, 22, who was shot dead in a gang homicide that morning.
It took the jury just over three hours to determine that Cooney was the cyclist who circled Mr Davis like a “shark moving toward its prey” for three days before firing eight shots from a 9mm pistol fired at him.
Mr Davis suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to the head, killing him instantly.
After the verdict was announced, Judge Tony Hunt thanked the jury for their hard work in a “disturbing” trial, describing Cooney’s recklessness in shooting eight times while Davis was pushing his son in a stroller as “amazing.”
The victim’s mother, Sandra Davis, was supported in the sentencing by friends and family.
Prosecution attorney Bernard Condon SC told the jury the circumstantial evidence against Cooney was such that he was either the shooter or the “unhappiest person ever”.
A police officer had identified Cooney from CCTV footage as the cyclist circling Mr Davis.
Cooney’s DNA was found on a glove in an area where the gunman discarded gloves and a black vest minutes after the shooting.
Prosecutors also relied on evidence showing Cooney’s phone named CD when the person identified on CCTV as the shooter was seen holding a phone to his ear.
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