A MAN has been convicted of conspiring with slain gangster Eamonn Dunne and four other criminals to raid a cash-in-transit van in Kildare five years ago.
Joseph Warren (30), of Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco supermarket on the Shackleton Road in Celbridge on November 2, 2007.
The verdict came at the end of a 16-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The jury of five women and seven men had spent just under three hours considering the verdict before they unanimously found Warren guilty.
Judge Patrick McCartan remanded him in custody.
He adjourned the case to next week when he will also hear evidence of a firearm offence that Warren has pleaded guilty to and which was committed while he was on bail for the attempted heist.
Last March, a jury was discharged by Judge Tony Hunt after it failed to reach a verdict in the case.
Warren claimed he got a Skoda Octavia from Dunne "on tick" and when he was slow to pay back the debt, Dunne told him he had no option but to get involved in this raid.
Warren claimed Dunne told him he would "be on top of Marlo"-- a reference to another murdered criminal, Martin 'Marlo' Hyland, who was shot dead in 2006.
He said it was in the newspapers that Dunne had killed Hyland and was responsible for "20 murders".
Warren said that his frame of mind in the days leading up to the raid, after being told by Dunne to source a working consaw, was "just to keep him happy".
Warren did not accept a suggestion from Deirdre Murphy, prosecuting, that he was not "a victim" but instead "a willing, active, star participant in this attempted heist".
He further rejected a suggestion that he was an associate of Dunne before, after and during the offence.
Ms Murphy said that when Dunne was murdered in April 2010, Warren told people he was grieving for his friend.
Five other men have been convicted and sentenced for their roles in the offence.
Darryl Caffrey (37), of Cherry Park, River Valley, Swords, an employee of the security company Chubb, who was considered the inside man, was sentenced to three years with the last year suspended.
He pleaded guilty to enhancing the ability of a criminal organisation to commit or facilitate a theft of cash from a vehicle by providing information concerning the operation of the business of Chubb Ireland.
Michael Ryan (38), of Carton Drive, Poppintree, and Jeffrey Morrow (30), of Hazlecroft Road, Finglas, who pleaded guilty to the same offence as Warren, were sentenced to five years with one suspended and six years, respectively.
Brothers Alan Bradley (38), of Churchfields Road, Kentstown, Co Meath, and Wayne Bradley (33), of Rathroad Road, Finglas, were sentenced to nine years with two suspended and seven years with 18 months suspended respectively after they pleaded guilty to the same offence.
Dunne (34), of Dunsoughly Drive, Rathoath Road, Finglas, was facing the same charge when he was shot in April 2010.