Tuesday 20 August 2019

Duo jailed for 'widely drawn' conspiracy to 'execute' gangland target

Wilson and Kelly were paid to kill Gary Hanley, pictured
Wilson and Kelly were paid to kill Gary Hanley, pictured
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Criminals Alan Wilson and Joseph Kelly have been jailed for their part in a "widely drawn" conspiracy to murder gangland target Gary Hanley.

Wilson (40) and Kelly (39) were sentenced after the Special Criminal Court heard they were contracted to kill Mr Hanley in a plot that was foiled by gardaí.

Wilson was given a six-year sentence while Kelly, who also admitted a weapons charge, was jailed for a total of 12 years, with another 18 months suspended.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said an "execution-style murder" had been prevented while the intended target was nearby.

Detectives had secretly recorded the pair planning to kill Mr Hanley, with Wilson heard telling Kelly to "do what you have to do".

Kelly was also recorded saying to another person "if he survives we won't get paid" and "hit him in the chest first".

Wilson, of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, and Kelly, from Kilworth Road in Drimnagh, admitted conspiring with other named people to murder Mr Hanley between September 15 and November 6, 2017.

Kelly had also pleaded guilty to possessing a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life at Philipsburgh Avenue, Marino, Dublin 3, on November 6, 2017.

Kelly was arrested and charged after detectives intercepted a Volkswagen Caddy van in the Phibsborough area of Dublin at 8.08pm on November 6, 2017.

Officers found a bag containing a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer and 15 rounds of ammunition in the rear of the van.

Wilson was arrested at Crumlin Road, Dublin 12, later that evening.

Mr Justice Hunt said Wilson's participation in the conspiracy was "very extensive".

He had "played a serious role on a consistent basis in the preparations for this crime" and was "contributing actively up to the time that he left the van, shortly before the intended murder was to take place", the judge added.

Wilson was prepared to carry out his role in return for financial gain, but the judge accepted he was "not at the very top of the chain of command".

In mitigation, his guilty plea was of significant value, as was his absence of previous convictions and expression of remorse.

Kelly could not be characterised as an organiser, but he had clearly been prepared to assist significantly, the judge said. Kelly's principal mitigation was also his guilty plea.

Irish Independent

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