Friday 20 October 2017

Gangster Gilligan hiding out in home CAB is plotting to seize from him

John Gilligan cutting trees at his home on the Jessbrook Complex. Photo: Sunday World
John Gilligan cutting trees at his home on the Jessbrook Complex. Photo: Sunday World
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan is hiding out in the house that the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) soon hopes to take from him.

The man whose gang killed journalist Veronica Guerin 20 years ago has been spotted at the bungalow beside the former Jessbrook equestrian centre, which CAB has already seized and sold.

Gilligan is now on the run from assassins who have twice tried to kill him since his release from jail in October 2013 after serving 17 years for drug trafficking.

On December 5 that year, Gilligan was targeted by a man who ran into the Halfway House pub on the Navan Road, Dublin, with a gun, intent on killing him.

But Gilligan was not in the pub when the would-be assassin struck.

Then on March 1, 2014, a gunman who burst through the front door of a relative's house at Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, Dublin, shot him several times as he tried to escape.

He suffered a broken hip, abdominal injuries, a shot to the leg and a graze to the head in the attack, but survived.

Gilligan fled to the UK weeks later after discharging himself from hospital, but now he has been spotted cutting back trees and shrubs at the Kildare bungalow where he and his wife Geraldine based themselves before planning their equestrian empire.

Along with his son Darren, Gilligan tore down trees and shrubbery and used a chainsaw to cut back branches covering the view over the rolling fields from the back of his family home in the townland of Mucklon in Enfield.

Wearing an old tracksuit and a tattered brown leather jacket, Gilligan seemed at ease despite the threats to his life.

The Supreme Court decision on the last of Gilligan's assets could see the family out of Jessbrook within weeks.

CAB officers remain confident that the court will rule in their favour.

If they are successful the court will remove the final obstacle to selling the criminal's three remaining properties - the bungalow at Jessbrook, the Gilligans' former home at Corduff Avenue in Blanchardstown in Dublin, and a house at Willsbrook View in Lucan in Dublin - leaving them homeless in Ireland.

The Gilligans have spent 20 years challenging the sale of their properties, and were granted free legal to do so.

During one High Court hearing, Gilligan said that his wealth was as a result of the luck he had as a professional gambler and doing odd jobs.

Irish Independent

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