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'Westies' gang man shot six times in hit admits to burglary

A gangster who was lucky to escape with his life when he was shot in a gangland hit in January has pleaded guilty to burglary charges.

NOTORIOUS criminal David Goulding (35) from Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, will learn his fate in December after admitting at Dublin Circuit Court yesterday to being involved in two burglaries in Portmarnock, north Co Dublin, in March, 2005.

The mobster was shot up to six times as he sat in a car at Cherryfield View, Hartstown in west Dublin in late January.

Then he spent almost a fortnight on the run after he escaped from gardai while he was being treated for his gun injuries at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Gardai had been due to execute a bench warrant that has existed for a number of years in relation to the Portmarnock burglaries when Goulding escaped.

But Goulding -- who was linked to slain crimelords Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and Michael 'Micka' Kelly -- was arrested on February 16 and has since been in custody at Cloverhill Prison.

Goulding was a member of the notorious Westies mob who terrorised parts of west Dublin in the late 1990s.

Goulding later became close to Michael Kelly, nicknamed 'The Panda'.

At a 2010 court hearing, it emerged that on the day that murdered crime figure John Paul Joyce went missing, Joyce went to hand over a BMW logbook to Goulding.

Joyce's body was found on January 9, 2010, near Dublin Airport two days after he had last been seen.

During the hearing at Dublin District Court, Goulding's partner Karen Duffy claimed Joyce sold the NI-registered car to her and Goulding for €7,000.

However the court found that the State could keep the car while gardai investigated the murder of John Paul Joyce.

At Dublin Circuit Court yesterday, Garda Shane McGrath said Goulding was arrested after two properties in the Ardilaun estate in Portmarnock were burgled in the early hours of March 10, 2005.

In the first, a plasma TV, a stereo and a Nokia mobile phone were taken.

In the second, €190 in cash, as well as €158 in Dunnes Stores vouchers, a mobile phone and tools were taken.

Gardai discovered Goulding and another man in bushes nearby.