Taxi driver could help gardai find evil killers

by Sylvia Pownall

GARDAI believe a taxi driver may lead them to the killers who chased Robbie Ellis from a bonfire, then cornered, battered and stabbed him to death.
The 25-year-old tried to seek refuge in a house in Liscarne Gardens before running to the rear of the property where he was set upon by a four- to five-strong gang.
Four men climbed over the garden wall onto the Neilstown Road shortly after 3am on Tuesday – and detectives believe a passing cabbie could help identify them.
Superintendant Dermot Mann urged anyone with information on the brutal killing to come forward.
Speaking on the Neilstown Road on Tuesday he said: “A young man was murdered in the back yard of a house directly behind me here. It is a busy road and we are looking for any witnesses to help us out. I am urging the public. We believe he is a father.”
The victim’s mother was told about her son’s death while she was being treated in hospital.
Ellis – jailed for his part in a horror machete attack on an innocent man in 2011 – survived a murder bid in 2015 when he was shot at in Grange View, Bawnogue, along with his innocent pregnant girlfriend.
Investigators probing the murder of Ellis, who was a pal of armed robber Lee McDonnell, suspect a west Dublin mob of the attack.
One theory is he was targeted over an unpaid drugs debt after being spotted by a gang at a bonfire in St Mark’s estate near Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on Halloween night. Garda forensic experts spent all of Tuesday searching for clues. Blood stains covered the pavement outside the house, which remained sealed off.
One local man said: “It’s getting so bad around here that people are afraid to go out, day or night.
You never see any police unless it’s to come out to something like this.”
Ellis – who had 40 convictions for drug and larceny offences – was a major target for gardai in Neilstown and Clondalkin.
Tributes to the murdered thug, originally from Ballyfermot, were made on social media.
One Facebook post read: “RIP Robbie, you got your wings too early.”

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