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The gang arrived armed with knives & knuckledusters.. but they were no match for the INLA; COURT HEARS OF BLOODY BATTLE THAT ENDED IN DEATH.

Byline: SUZANNE MacMANUS

AN INLA member died after a vicious gun battle between warring gangs on an industrial estate, a court heard yesterday.

Patrick Campbell was killed as rival Dublin families the O'Keefes and the Creeds clashed in the so-called "Ballymount Bloodbath".

Daniel Finnegan, 20, of Crumlin, Dublin, is accused of murdering Campbell in October 1999.

On the first day of the trial yesterday, Finnegan pleaded not guilty to the charge and also to a charge of being involved in violent disorder.

Dublin Central Criminal Court was told that the battle began when John Creed and his employee Denis Thompson arranged for the terrorists to lie in ambush for the O'Keefe gang.

Creed expected them to visit his double- glazing business at Ballymount Industrial Estate, Dublin, to collect a debt.

O'Keefe had accused one of Creed's associates of burning out a van he owned worth pounds 600.

Prosecuting, George Birmingham SC, told the jury "bad blood or ill will" existed between the O'Keefes and Creeds, culminating in the fight which led to Belfast-born Campbell's death.

He added: "Mr Campbell was a native of Belfast living for some time in Dublin and was apparently associated with the INLA.

"Although there were a number of people involved in the fight it is the state's case Daniel Finnegan took a full and active part in the very serious assault which led to the death of Mr Campbell.

"Mr Creed anticipated something of this nature would happen and was expecting a visit from members of O'Keefe's group.

"As a result he made contact with the INLA.

"Six people associated with the terrorist group then came to the Ballymount Windows factory on the Industrial Estate and hid themselves in the premises.

"Mr O'Keefe's group arrived and when they did the men associated with the INLA came out of hiding.

"They beat them severely and left them naked.

"O'Keefe's group came prepared as some had taken along knuckle-dusters and knives but they were no match for the INLA, who the evidence will establish were carrying firearms, and they succeeded in subduing them.

"When Mr O'Keefe's first gang didn't return he sent another group of associates to respond."

The prosecution alleged the second group contained Daniel Finnegan and when they arrived at the industrial estate a "serious melee between the INLA group and the second group" broke out.

Mr Birmingham continued: "It was in the course of that incident that Patrick Campbell received very serious injuries from which he died."

Mr Birmingham said the court would later hear from State Pathologist Dr John Harbison.

He carried out the post-mortem on Campbell's body and found he had died from multiple injuries arising from a beating.

The injuries included a swollen brain, liver failure, kidney failure and low blood pressure, Mr Birmingham said.

Legal argument began yesterday afternoon and the trial, before Mr Justice Diarmuid O'Donovan and a jury of eight women and four men, is expected to continue today.

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ACCUSED; Daniel Finnegan denies murder; TRIAL: Dublin Central Criminal Court; KILLED; Belfast-born INLA man Patrick Campbell, right, was given a full paramilitary funeral after his killing in Dublin two years ago
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Date:Jul 18, 2001
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