Man gets life sentence for gangland murder

Wednesday 29 July 2009 22.37
Craig White - Fingerprints found on the bag containing the murder weapon
Craig White - Fingerprints found on the bag containing the murder weapon

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the gangland murder of Noel Roche.

The 27-year-old was shot dead in the passenger seat of a Ford Mondeo car on 15 November 2005.

He was one of 12 men shot dead as part of an ongoing feud between two criminal gangs in south Dublin.

Craig White's fingerprints were found on the handle and on the bag containing the murder weapon.

His DNA was also found on that bag and on a pair of gloves that were found near the abandoned getaway car.

The 23-year-old was arrested but refused to co-operate with the garda investigation.

When charged he pleaded not guilty but today the jury found him guilty of the murder.

Noel Roche was aligned to one of the two feuding Crumlin-Drimnagh criminal gangs.

Noel Roche knew his life was in danger. He was spotted by rival criminals at a Phil Collins concert in The Point Depot venue.

He fled but his car details were phoned to a so-called hit team.

Criag White was the driver while Patrick Doyle, who was subsequently shot dead in Spain, is believed to have been the gunman.

They caught up with Noel Roche's Ford Mondeo car on the Clontarf Road and fired four shots from a Glock pistol; three of them hit Noel Roche and he died at the scene.