A 20-year old man who admitted helping a criminal gang to murder David Douglas in Dublin two years ago was a "runner" and a "footsoldier" for senior gang member Freddie Thompson, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Nathan Foley from Rosary Road, Maryland in Dublin, drove one of the cars used in planning the murder and was involved in setting the getaway cars on fire.

Thompson is already serving life in prison for the murder of Mr Douglas, 55, who was shot six times as he took a meal break at his partner's shop on Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on 1 July 2016 as part of the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan criminal gangs.

The court heard today that Foley was a friend of Thomspon's son and that "his societal connections with the principal actor in the drama" was how he became involved in serious organised crime.

Foley drove one of the four cars used during the murder of Mr Douglas.

He also scouted around the area before the murder; put a petrol can into the Mercedes getaway car, which was burned out after the murder and bought two phones which were later found in that car.

He dropped the gunman and Thompson off at a restaurant in Dublin city centre later that night and later joined them there.

His defence counsel described him as a facilitator who was not high in the chain of command.

Counsel pointed out Foley’s "lack of skill" because while his role was to park and keep one of the cars safe, he left the lights on so it could not be driven on the night of the murder, got help from a taxi driver and left a parking ticket in that car, which was retrieved as evidence by gardaí.

Foley has 32 previous convictions and is currently serving three years for drugs offences. 

The court heard he has psychological and psychiatric issues and has been diagnosed as of "mild intellectual ability."

He will be sentenced for his role in the murder of Mr Douglas in January.