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Plotter: Dean Howe was “essential” to the murder conspiracy

Plotter: Dean Howe was “essential” to the murder conspiracy

Plotter: Dean Howe was “essential” to the murder conspiracy

A Kinahan cartel criminal has been jailed for six years by the Special Criminal Court for his role in a plot to assassinate Hutch gang associate Gary Hanley.

Sentencing Dean Howe at the non-jury court yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the defendant's activities had placed him in "a supervisory role" as part of this "elaborate and intricate planned scheme".

"He was a conduit of order from on high and forcefully encouraged the activities of those lower down the chain of command," said the judge, adding his contribution was "essential, high level and intentional".

Howe (34) of Oakfield, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty last December to conspiring to murder Mr Hanley at a location within the State between September 15 and November 6, 2017.

Howe was involved in surveillance on Mr Hanley; supervising the use of several cars by him and his co-conspirators; collecting fuel and giving instructions to the getaway driver Joseph Kelly.

Luke Wilson (24) of Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Alan Wilson (39) of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, and Joseph Kelly (35) of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Mr Hanley.

Liam Brannigan has also been convicted for his role in the conspiracy to murder, and is due to be sentenced on March 23.

The three-judge court has heard Howe had scolded Kelly during the operation, telling him he had "f**ked up" and asked: "What are you getting paid for?"

"We all have our jobs to do," he told Kelly but "we had to do your job".

These recordings were secretly captured by gardaí in the bugged car.

Howe was also seen by gardaí with two other men in the Phoenix Park at the same time tracking devices "pinged" in the park, two days before the devices were found on Mr Hanley's car. Mr Justice Hunt said the accused had been a regular participant in the recognisance journeys, as well as the planning of the proposed attack.

Irish Independent