Wednesday 17 January 2018

Karl Breen: The dangerous video message posted from his prison cell

Paul Williams Special Correspondent

Pumped–up gangland killer Karl Breen poses bare–chested in his prison cell - displaying his garish tattoos and his hate–filled contempt for society.

This is the image of the dangerous hoodlum that he would most want his lackeys and victims alike to be remember him by.

Breen, 34, who once epitomised the new breed of brutal gang boss which emerged , was found dead on Monday after dying from a suspected drug overdose.

He had relished the glamorous-sounding sobriquet, the ‘Champagne killer’ which he earned after stabbing his best friend to death in a drunken, cocaine-fuelled frenzy.

The apartment complex where Karl Breen, inset, was found dead
The apartment complex where Karl Breen, inset, was found dead

From the prison cell he called home for seven years Breen posted these pictures of himself on YouTube in a video montage of images – displaying his bare chest, crammed with garish tattoos, and giving the world the finger.

Read more: Paul Williams: Breen once epitomised the new breed of young gang boss

The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)

This was the same cell from where he organised drug rackets, shootings, bombings and killings on the outside.

These exclusive pictures were taken on his mobile phone and posted online to remind his gang on the outside he was still the boss.

The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)

From the comfort of this same cell in the Midland’s Prison the ruthless thug controlled a huge drug trafficking operation in west Dublin.

At the same time that these images were posted on the web he had orchestrated an astonishing series of gun and bomb attacks which has struck terror into the innocent people living in sprawling estates around Clondalkin and Ronanstown.

The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
The scene of the discovery of a man's body at the Tolka Vale Apartments (Block 1) (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)

Breen’s gang – known as D22 - under the leadership of his equally violent associate, Pierce Reid, carried out scores of shootings and bomb attacks across the west Dublin suburb on his behalf.

Several houses were shot up or damaged by pipe bombs and a number of innocent victims, including women and children, were shot and injured.

Breen also ordered a campaign of terror against gardai and prison officers.

Read more: 'Champagne Killer' Karl Breen found dead after taking lethal cocktail of pills

Cars belonging to two prison officers were set alight after Breen was moved from Mountjoy to the Midlands.

Gardai who crossed his gang were also followed to their homes and one officer’s home address was daubed in graffiti on a wall to let him know the D22 knew where he lived.

Breen demanded total loyalty from his small army of drugged-up thugs and insisted that they all had the word ‘Loyal’ tattooed on their hands and trigger fingers in his honour.

Graffiti declaring ‘loyal 187(per cent)’ and other messages of support for Breen have been smeared on walls in estates like Lindisfarne, Lealand and Bawnogue where they waged war against their enemies, customers and the local population.

The video which can be seen on our website was taken down by prison authorities after it first went up.

Gardai said that the thug was using it to intimidate his enemies and minions alike.

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