Second suspect held over 'New IRA' murder victim Kevin Kearney who was shot dead on Tuesday in north Belfast

Second suspect held over ‘New IRA’ murder victim Kevin Kearney who was shot dead on Tuesday in north Belfast

DETECTIVES investigating the gangland murder of north Belfast drug dealer Kevin Kearny have arrested a second man.

The 45-year-old was detained on Monday afternoon by officers from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch under the Terrorism Act.

He has been taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning about the killing.

Kearney, a leading cocaine dealer in north Belfast, was gunned down last Tuesday by a dissident republican terror gang.

The ‘New IRA’ claimed it “executed” him in a gangland style hit following “complaints from the local community”.

It also warned other drug dealers to “desist immediately” or face the same grisly fate.

Murdersquad cops believe he was shot dead around 9.15 am and his body dumped in a lake at Alexandra Park off the Antrim Road in north Belfast.

He was approached while out walking his dogs not far from his home at Dunmore Park.

It is understood he was shot several times after sustaining a severe beating.

The alarm was raised when the dogs arrived home without him.

It wasn’t until the following day that police found his body in the lake after conducting widespread searches of the area.

Kearney was buried at Milltown Cemetery on Monday following a funeral Mass at a Catholic Church on the Limestone Road in north Belfast.

A 39-year-old man arrested last week in connection with his “callous and cold-blooded’ murder has since been released without charge.



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