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Friday 29 August 2014

Westies gangster takes own life in jail

Ken Foy and Melanie Finn

Published 23/04/2014 | 08:38

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Herman 'The Vermin' White

A FORMER gangster who killed himself in Mountjoy Prison left a suicide note for his loved ones, jail insiders have revealed.

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The body of Herman 'The Vermin’ White (36), who was a member of the notorious west Dublin crime gang – the Westies, was found in the segregation area of the jail at 8.30am yesterday.

White who had only a few months left of his sentence had not been considered a suicide risk by jail authorities.

He was the only occupant of his cell.

“He had no shown no signs of depressive behaviour and was generally well behaved while serving his sentence and would have been out before the end of the summer,” said a source.

In July, 2010, White – who had spent most of his adult life in jail – got an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to possession of a handgun, car theft and three counts of burglary.

The court heard how White admitted he was planning to steal €60,000 from a home in the Phoenix Park after threatening the occupants with a gun.

After he was intercepted by gardai, White tried to flee the scene in a stolen Mercedes and was involved in a high-speed chase on the M1 motorway.

White, from Corduff Park, Blanchardstown, pleaded

guilty to possession of a handgun, car theft, dangerous driving and three counts of burglary in the Malahide area on May 25, 2005.

The court heard that White told gardai he owed €20,000 to a group for drugs after he was arrested. He claimed they had given him the gun and told him to call to a house in the park.

He was to show the occupants the gun and say: “I know you've got €60,000 under the table.”

He said he never intended to hurt anyone and was not going to point the gun.

Judge Delahunt noted he had not violently confronted anyone during any of the offences but was “very close to doing so”.

The pursuit ended when he crashed into a chasing garda car, fracturing the garda's wrist.

White who had 48 previous convictions, was previously a senior member of the Westies Mob who ruthlessly ruled the criminal underworld in Blanchardstown.

Evening Herald

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