AN IRISH CITIZEN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH ?
James Talbot, 46 had a distinguished boxing career, was murdered by a gang who forced their way into his home in Lucan, Co Dublin, late on Thursday night. He was shot several times in the chest.The murder bears all the hallmarks of being carried out by organised hitmen or women.
Mr Talbot formally worked as a personal fitness trainer of wealthy people and had served a seven-year sentence in 1998 for drug offences but was not prosecuted by the gardai since.
After being shot in Abbeywood Court, Lucan, just before 10.30pm he was taken by ambulance to Connolly hospital, Blanchardstown, where he was later declared dead. His murderers left in a beige Toyota, Avensis, that had earlier been stolen in Coolock and was later burned out in the Earlsfort Estate.
A gun, believed to be used in the attack, was found in the burnt out vehicle and is apparently being examined by the Gardai. Investigators are supposedly attempting to establish a motive as to why Mr Talbot was targeted but it is believed to be related to the GSOC cover-up. A Garda admitted that while the deceased had a serious criminal conviction, he was officially, “below our radar”.However other reliable sources say he lived a lifestyle not in keeping with his level of official income.
Mr Talbot studied law at university but was arrested in 1997 in possession of £300,000 worth of heroin by senior gardaí who spent two weeks under cover waiting for the expected drugs to be collected. After arrest he pleaded guilty in Trim Circuit Court in 1998 with possession of the drug and possession with intent to supply in Co Meath, back in March 1997.