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Killer Wilson to miss his brother's funeral

A KILLER brother of slain gangland criminal John Wilson will not be allowed to attend his funeral because of security fears.

Keith Wilson (24) was sentenced to life last November for the murder of gangland figure Daniel Gaynor in Finglas in August 2010.

Because he is behind bars for such a serious crime, and is early into his sentence, he would not get permission to attend his brother's funeral even if shackled to prison officers.

Security sources say some prisoners coming to the end of their sentences, or who are serving time for lesser crimes, can sometimes get permission from prison bosses to attend funerals of family members.

"But Keith Wilson falls into a different bracket. He's only been put away, and the fact that his brother was shot dead means tensions will be high at the funeral, it would be too big a risk to let him attend," the source said.

John Wilson is due to be buried tomorrow in Palmerstown cemetery after funeral Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Ballyfermot.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said it could not comment on individual cases and would not comment on whether Keith Wilson had requested to attend his brother's funeral.

John's other younger brother, Eric 'Lucky' Wilson, will also not be able to attend his funeral because he has been locked up in Spain for the murder English man Daniel Smith (24) who he shot outside a bar in Spain.

Five men, one a juvenile, are still being questioned about the murder of John Wilson.

One was arrested within hours of the attack last Friday, and the other four were picked up yesterday.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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