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Teen thug in Freddie mob caged for 6 years

A teenage criminal who stepped into the breach left by exiled mob boss Fat Freddie Thompson has been jailed.

Gavin Quinn (19) is considered one of the leaders of a new breed of criminals who are involved in gang warfare in Dublin's south inner city.

He was jailed yesterday after being caught by gardai with a sawn-off rifle and a knife on separate occasions in April and May 2012.

Dublin Circuit Court heard that Quinn was arrested when gardai spotted him running down a road with the sawn-off rifle on the later date.

He was wearing a stab-proof vest and had a knife hidden in his boxer shorts when gardai arrested him the first time.

The Herald can reveal that despite his young age, Quinn is considered a "major player" in the ongoing gang warfare in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area and has been actively involved in organised crime for years.

Quinn, who is aligned to the dangerous Fat Freddie mob, has ten previous convictions including assault and criminal damage.

Sources have said he has been causing major concern for gardai since he was just 16 years old.

A senior source added: "What you are talking about here is a very dangerous, reckless young man, and there can be no doubt that jail is the best place for him now."

Yesterday, Quinn, of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession of a firearm at Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh, on April 4, 2012.

He also admitted possession of a hurley stick and intending to cause injury to or intimidate a person, and further pleaded guilty to possession of a knife.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a total sentence of six years in jail for the offences, but he suspended the final 18 months, meaning an effective sentence of four-and-a-half years.