Mobster John Gilligan has been questioned by British police after verbally abusing a UK lawyer.
The Dublin criminal launched a torrent of abuse at the lawyer who had previously represented him.
Gilligan was attending a legal meeting in London when he happened to see a solicitor whom he had worked with in the past. He immediately delivered a tirade of abuse at the solicitor.
The lawyer was so unnerved by what Gilligan said to him, he reported the incident to police in London.
Gilligan (62) was nabbed by officers from the Metropolitan Police and ended up receiving a warning.
He will not face any charges, however, arising from the incident.
Gilligan has been hiding out in Britain after being shot four times in a gun attack at his brother's home in Clondalkin in March.
He was released from Portlaoise Prison in October last year after serving 13 years for drugs importation.
Members of his gang were hauled before the courts for the murder of Sunday Independent crime journalist Veronica Guerin June 1996.
The killing of the young mother resulted in the establishment of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
The bureau has relentlessly pursued the wealth accumulated by Gilligan during his lucrative drug importation schemes in which he made millions of pounds.
CAB officers have successfully seized an equestrian centre developed by Gilligan and are involved in further cases to deprive the criminal of other properties.
Gilligan has been too frightened to return to Ireland, after leaving in a wheelchair following his shooting earlier this year.
He missed his brother Bernard's funeral in Lucan last October and had to watch it live online.