Wednesday 21 August 2019

Lethal cartel starts to unravel as eight gangsters are jailed after Garda probes into feud

Declan Brady
Declan Brady
Joseph Kelly pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Gary Hanley
The gun seized by gardai
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The significant scale of the Garda operations against the Kinahan cartel and its prime operators was revealed yesterday as eight men linked to the international crime gang appeared before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

This included one of their main logistics operators in Ireland, as well as six men involved in various planned hits ordered by the ruthless crime gang.

Since the outbreak of the Hutch/Kinahan feud in 2015, a major offensive led by the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has led to significant successes against both organisations.

Yesterday, Courts 11 and 17 of the Criminal Courts of Justice was almost exclusively reserved for the Kinahan crime gang's associates, with eight men appearing.

Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson

Two were sentenced yesterday, one of whom was Declan Brady (51), known as 'Mr Nobody', considered a prime mover in the cartel's enterprise in Ireland.

The haulage operator, who for so long managed to fly under the Garda radar, was eventually snared after detectives raided a "fake" business in the Greenogue industrial estate in 2017 that led to 17 firearms being recovered.

Brady - jailed for 10 years - is considered a trusted and loyal associate of Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh, who only last week was convicted in a UK court of being in possession of a stun gun at his Birmingham home.

'Bomber' is considered high up among the Kinahan hierarchy, controlling a lucrative market in the UK Midlands and suspected of orchestrating shipments to Ireland.

Paul Beatty
Paul Beatty

Another criminal described in court as an "important and trusted member" of the gang was Paul Beatty (32).

The inner-city criminal was described as being at a high-risk of reoffending and got seven-and-a-half years after being caught with a loaded revolver in Charlemont Parade, Dublin 3, on June 2, 2018. Beatty's associates have also been linked to other gun attacks carried out on the Hutch faction.

Details were also revealed about the various operations carried out by gardaí against cartel associates planning feud murders.

One "hit team", made up of brothers Glen and Gary Thompson as well as former UK soldier Robert Browne, were recorded on surreptitiously placed audio devices as they planned the murder of Patrick 'Patsy' Hutch, the brother of 'The Monk'.

The gun seized by gardai
The gun seized by gardai

Sources said the three men were in line to net around €60,000 for their involvement in the plot, but won't receive a cent of the blood money after their plan was foiled by gardaí.

Gary Thompson (34), with an address at Plunkett Green in Finglas, Dublin 11, his brother Glen Thompson (24), of Plunkett Drive, also in Finglas, and Robert Browne (35), of Phibsboro Road in Phibsboro, Dublin 7 have admitted to unlawful possession of four firearms with intent to endanger life at Belmont Hall Apartments, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 on March 10, 2018.

Detective Superintendent David Gallagher, attached to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, revealed how they were arrested after an intelligence-led operation between early February and March 10, 2018. They will be sentenced in two weeks.

Just after the facts were heard in that case, one of Ireland's most feared gangland criminals was brought before the court.

Joseph Kelly pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Gary Hanley
Joseph Kelly pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Gary Hanley

Alan Wilson (40), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, previously pleaded guilty conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15 and November 6, 2017, both dates inclusive. His co-accused, Drimnagh criminal Joseph Kelly, previously linked to a pipe bomb find, was also before the court.

While Kelly is considered a low-ranking member loyal to the cartel, Wilson is described as a "lone ranger" who will "do anything for money". Their sentences were also adjourned,

Yesterday's successes in the courts follow on from major Garda results against senior figures including Liam Byrne, the leader of the Byrne crime gang, whose €1m Crumlin home was seized by the CAB this month.

Irish Independent

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