Tuesday 6 December 2016

Kinahan enforcer Paul Rice turns home into fortress following death threat

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 18/08/2016 | 10:09

Paul Rice
Paul Rice

Under-threat gangster Paul Rice has installed a CCTV system at his home as he continues to feel the heat from rival mobsters.

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There are now half-a-dozen cameras monitoring movement around his Tallaght home, with the most recent installed in the past few weeks.

Rice (47), who is an enforcer for the Kinahan cartel, has been keeping a low profile since March, when gardai warned him about a threat against his life.

Detectives have been working on the theory that the threat is from members of the rival Hutch mob.

"Rice is still in the country, but he's being very cautious about his movements and he's not seen in public as much as he was," a source said.

Target

"He used to regularly host crime meetings in a cafe in the Firhouse area, but he hasn't been seen there either in recent weeks."

Rice has become a target for the Hutch mob because of his close links to the Kinahan cartel, with whom they have been embroiled in a deadly dispute that has led to seven murders. The feared criminal has been warned on numerous occasions in the past five years about threats to his life, but the latest is considered the most serious.

The gangster's 25-year-old son Paul Jnr was jailed in April for two years for taking part in the violent assault of a bouncer at Copper Face Jacks nightclub on the night of slain criminal Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh's funeral.

Rice Jnr is understood to be in a special protection unit in Mountjoy Prison.

His trial heard that two men tried to get into the club but were refused entry. They returned with four other men, including Rice Jnr. When they were once again refused entry, Rice Jnr and another man dragged one bouncer across the street before punching him 17 times in the head. Rice threw nine of the punches, the court heard.

Brusing

The bouncer suffered a cut ear and bruising to the face.

Rice Jnr was arrested after being identified from CCTV footage.

His father is no stranger to violence, and his most serious conviction was when he was jailed for 10 years in July 1995 after pleading guilty to the robbery of a bank in which shots were fired. He escaped on horseback after the hold-up, during which a security guard was kicked and beaten with a lump hammer.

Rice was arrested by gardai investigating a kidnap and torture incident at a house in Lucan in October 2010, after which the victim took his own life.

He was also questioned in 2013 in relation to the gruesome gangland murder of a man whose body was found in the Dublin Mountains, as well as a botched hit on car dealer Michael Frazer in the car park of a pub in Firhouse, south Dublin, in August 2014.

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