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Thursday 29 September 2016

Man jailed after being caught transporting a gun for the 'New INLA'

Michael Hanny was caught with a gun and ammunition
Michael Hanny was caught with a gun and ammunition

A man has been jailed or three years after he was caught transporting a gun, silencer and ammunition for criminals linked to the 'New INLA'.

Michael Hanney (23) was stopped by gardai in Ballymun on July 13, 2015, after officers noticed him driving out of a gated residential area and believed he had no legitimate reason to be there.

The gun, which had its serial number removed, was found in the footwell on the passenger side of the vehicle, and he took immediate responsibility for it.

His passenger, convicted drug dealer Daniel Kavanagh (25), of Owensilla, Ballymun, Dublin, was jailed for five years by Judge Martin Nolan last month after he also pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon, ammunition and silencer.

Kavanagh's Ballymun home was shot up by rival criminals earlier this year.

After his arrest last July, Kavanagh told gardai that the gun had not been used in a shooting that day. He said he knew the gun was in the car and said it had nothing to do with him.

Yesterday his associate Hanney, of Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a 9mm Makarov pistol, a silencer and three rounds of ammunition at St Margaret's, Ballymun, on July 13 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of an air pistol at his home on May 13, 2015.

He has two previous convictions, including one for violent disorder.

Threaten

Judge Martin Nolan said gardai accepted that Hanney was transporting the weapon but added that "he obviously knew it was going to be used to kill, injure or at least threaten someone".

He accepted there were good references in court which demonstrated that Hanney was willing to work and was a contributor to his family and the general area.

"There is good reason to believe he can be reformed," Judge Nolan said before he suspended the final two years of a five-year jail term on strict conditions.

Ballistic tests found that the gun and silencer fitted together and the pistol was capable of firing the ammunition found.

Neither Hanney nor Kavanagh are considered key members of the 'New INLA' gang, but are closely linked to a 30-year-old senior figure in the mob.

This criminal is believed to be hiding out in Portugal after becoming a target for the Hutch gang.

He was arrested last month for the feud murder of Gareth Hutch (35) last May, but was released.

A close pal of the criminal, Christopher Maguire (38), survived an attempted murder earlier this month in Lusk in north Dublin that has left the gangster "rattled".

Another close associate of the Ballymun man from the capital's north inner city is also wanted for questioning about the Gareth Hutch murder, but he has also fled abroad.

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