A man who always wore a bullet-proof vest was found dead in woodland after being abducted and brutally murdered. Members of the public out walking were horrified to stumble upon the body of the young man buried in shallow woodland. It was later identified as Philip Finnegan who had been missing for three weeks from his home in Dublin's south inner city. The 24-year-old was reportedly wearing the vest because he was living in fear of his life after being targeted by crime gangs in Dublin. His body was found in nearby Rahin Wood last Friday September 2. A post mortem was carried out overnight but Gardai have declined to disclose the findings, citing operational reasons.
The scene remains sealed off for a technical examination. An attempt had also been made to set the body on fire as sources said his clothes were charred. Tributes have poured in for Phillip on social media, the Irish Mirror reports.
Sinn Fein TD Aonghus O Snodaigh said Philip’s murder was “another sad chapter in the ongoing carnage being wrought on our communities”. He called for increased targeting of drug gangs and asked that those involved in violent drug gangs in the city end their feuds.” “These drugs gangs continue to suck young men and women in to their clutches," he added.
Following Philip’s disappearance, sources said he may have been killed in a row over money. He has previously been targeted by criminals and narrowly escaped death in a gun attack three years ago.
Philip was aware his life was in danger and wore a bullet-proof vest. He was wearing it when his body was found. The remains are believed to have been found partially buried in a shallow hole by two members of the public who were walking in the woods, Mirror.co.uk reports.