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Jail death threat for Warren over badmouth jibes

investigating the near fatal shooting of Traveller criminal Anthony 'The Mole' McDonagh.

A source explained: "It is some fall from grace for Joe -- he was a key member of the gang and now he is being blamed for ratting to gardai.

"There is no evidence whatsoever that he did, but the other criminals don't like that he badmouthed them in his attempt to get off with the charges.

"He is now left in an isolation unit while his other associates like Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley are serving their time with other criminals in Portlaoise prison.

"Some fellas are gunning for Warren -- there is a dim view of how he handled the case; at least the others pleaded guilty and took their medicine."


The former soldier was described this week by a trial judge as a "highly regarded" and "valuable" member of Eamon 'The Don' Dunne's gang.

Sources say that the unusual approach that Warren took in defending himself over the cash-in-transit conspiracy robbery has put him under threat from other criminals.

A source explained: "It came out in the trial that Warren had approached gardai and talked to them; this has not gone down well with certain people.

"Prison might be the safest place for him at the moment. It came across in the trial he didn't like other gang members."

Warren told his trial that he got a Skoda Octavia from Dunne "on tick" and when he was slow to pay back the debt Dunne told him he had no option but to get involved in this raid.

He claimed Dunne told him he would "be on top of Marlo" -- a reference to crimelord 'Marlo' Hyland, whom Dunne was involved in murdering and "be sent to God's house" if he didn't do as instructed.

Warren said he knew at that time that Dunne was a gangster and "was a very, very serious man".


He said it was in the newspapers that Dunne was responsible for "20 murders".

The Ballymun hood said that his frame of mind in the days leading up to the raid, after being told by Dunne to source a working consaw, was "just to keep him happy".

"I did not want to be going in on top of Marlo or that young lad, Campbell or Baiba Saulite. I think he was arrested for killing Baiba Saulite," Warren said.

But in reality Warren was not afraid of Dunne. He was widely photographed in newspapers carrying The Don's coffin after he was shot dead in a Cabra pub in April 2010.