Sunday 21 January 2018

Uncles' luck rubs off on teen victim

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

HIS uncles had been known in the criminal underworld as 'Lucky Wilsons', and maybe a smidgen of it rubbed off on the teenager as he escaped with his life.

Luke Wilson (19) described hearing the gun jam as his once lifelong friend Patrick McCann (20) stood over him wielding the weapon.

Just months before their relationship fractured at gunpoint in Inchicore's Memorial Park, the pair had been spotted out socialising together.

There was little sign of how it would end as McCann draped his arm around his friend, Luke, in a Dublin pub.

They hailed from the same area – Ballyfermot in Dublin – and both McCann and Mr Wilson were raised by their respective grandparents and an uncle.

In Mr Wilson's case, he had been raised by his uncle John, but he was gunned down at his home in September.

His two uncles, Keith and Eric, often known as Lucky, are behind bars on murder convictions.

Irish Independent

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