Former politician gets three years for 'demented' hit-man scheme
A former city councillor paid a €1,000 cash deposit to an undercover garda posing as a gangland hitman to murder a detective garda, a Revenue commissioner and an accountant.
Gary O'Flynn (39), a son of former Fianna Fail TD Noel O'Flynn, was jailed for three years for solicitation to murder after one target slated his "demented" scheme as "cowardly and depraved."
Another target of the €10,000 'hit', Gary O'Flynn's former accountant Pat Sweeney, said: "We forgive Mr O'Flynn for putting a price on something priceless - the value and sanctity of human life."
Revenue official George Ross said his life was "turned upside down." He now checks his rear-view mirror in case his car is being followed and also checks under the vehicle for possible explosive devices. "I find I am constantly asking myself, what if? What if my family were present when the killer called? Would they have been harmed by him? What if, as one of my neighbour's children said to her father, the killer called to the wrong house?"
Det Sgt Mary Skehan said she found the plan "unbecoming of a man of his professional training."
O'Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, hatched the plan in a desperate bid to frustrate a garda investigation into a mortgage fraud he had engaged in involving up to €693,000 from Bank of Ireland.
Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard the bank only sanctioned three re-mortgages on the basis of false documents including Revenue assessments and a P60. The plot only came to light when a friend was so worried he contacted gardai.
Det Supt Sean Healy set up an elaborate operation with a Dublin detective posing as "a highly recommended" assassin as well as installing protection regimes for the three targets.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said the offences were "particularly heinous" and brought "shame on himself and his unfortunate family."
O'Flynn pleaded guilty to six mortgage theft charges. He also pleaded guilty to three solicitation to murder charges between October 1 2012 and February 15 2013. He apologised for his "insane and demented" behaviour.
Judge O'Donnabhain was told O'Flynn lived "in a fantasy world" and had psychiatric problems.
"We love our son very, very much. We were very worried about him. We will support him 100pc," Noel O'Flynn said.