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Gangster Wilson back doing time for meat cleaver attack

Despite being cleared of the gruesome murder of Marioara Rostas, gangland figure Alan Wilson was back in prison serving out a seven-year sentence imposed for his role in a meat cleaver attack.

Wilson (35) of New Street Gardens in Dublin's south inner city is one of the capital's most notorious criminals and sources say that he faces an uncertain future when he is released.

He is involved in a number of bitter underworld feuds that have made him a figure of hate among many other criminals in Dublin, gardai believe.

ATTACKED

Wilson's seven-year sentence relates to an incident in which he attacked a man with a meat cleaver after breaking into his home at Dromheath Drive, Blanchardstown in June 2009.

Wilson's first cousin David Crowley was also involved in the attack. He received an eight-year sentence.

Their trial in February of last year was blighted by witness intimidation and two people ended up being treated as hostile witnesses after both denied sworn statements in which they had identified the two criminals. The trial heard that Wilson, who was arrested with Crowley shortly after the incident, had been wearing a bullet-proof vest.

The trial also heard that firearms residue was found on both Crowley's and Wilson's clothing and that 25 gun pellets had been found at the scene of the incident.

Crowley had his bail revoked and was remanded in custody during the course of the trial for contempt of court.

The trial was also delayed for several days after it emerged that Crowley had approached a juror outside the court.

The jury member reported that he had been standing outside the building about to have a smoke when the accused came over and lit his cigarette for him.

Sources say that in prison, Wilson now cuts a "solitary figure" and rarely mixes with other inmates.

The 35-year-old was arrested and questioned by officers last year about the murder of Darren Cogan (19) who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity at the Blackhorse Inn in Inchicore in June, 2011.

Shooting

A pal of Darren's was also seriously injured in the shooting in which the intended target was a gangster who was shot dead himself 15 months later.

Some of Alan Wilson's relatives are among the most dangerous criminals in the history of the State.

His first cousins Eric 'Lucky' Wilson (30) and Keith Wilson (26), from Ballyfermot, are convicted murderers.

Eric, who is considered one of Ireland's most prolific killers, is serving 23 years in a Spanish jail for murder.

Eric's younger brother Keith Wilson (26) is serving a life sentence for the murder of gangland figure Daniel Gaynor in Finglas in August 2010.

Eric and Keith's older brother John was aged 35 when he was shot dead in Ballyfermot in October 2012.

Meanwhile, Alan's sister Maxine (35) is also extremely well known to gardai for burglary and other offences.

It was her house in Brabazon Street that tragic Marioara was murdered.

Maxine is the former girlfriend of State witness Fergus O'Hanlon.

She was also the victim of a savage assault in Dublin city centre in June of last year which was not linked to Alan's criminal antics.

Alan's dad John Cahill is the older brother of slain Irish crimelord Martin 'The General' Cahill and John was a key member of his brother's armed robbery mob in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, it is understood that John has now turned his back on crime.

He was the only one of Alan Wilson's relations to sit in court during the dramatic murder trial which lasted for almost two months.

kfoy@herald.ie


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