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Friday 18 April 2014

Notorious criminal on bail flees in shipping container

ONE of the country's most dangerous criminals has skipped bail and fled in a shipping container.

Pascal Kelly (48), whose gang murdered Real IRA boss Alan Ryan, pictured, managed to remove an electronic ankle tag.

He is now believed to be hiding out in the south of Spain.

Kelly is on bail while awaiting trial in Northern Ireland for money laundering.

PSNI officers had told a court that Kelly was a leader of a criminal gang and a serious flight risk. They claimed he had access to a false passport and large quantities of cash.

He was arrested along with another man last February when officers seized more than €65,000, 24 mobile phones and two cars.

After several unsu-ccessful attempts he was finally granted bail in recent weeks but has now absconded. He claimed he was going to live in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

Gardai are aware of his disappearance but do not believe that he has returned to his native Coolock, in Dublin.

Sources say that he ripped off electronic tags which had been placed on him before wearing a disguise to flee the country. It is understood that he managed to board a shipping container.

Kelly's girlfriend has not been seen at her home for weeks, leading to speculation that she is with him. They are most likely in Spain's 'Costa-Del-Crime' where he has many associates.

In February, Fermanagh Magistrates Court heard that Kelly and an associate, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested in a car on Enniskillen's Queen Elizabeth Road.

Kelly is also facing charges in this jurisdiction for threatening to kill a garda and about tax affairs after a major investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

He has previously survived two murder attempts dating back to the 1990s and has more than 30 convictions for offences including burglary.

Irish Independent

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